The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

by Margaret C. C. Jacob
     
 

In an unusually diverse collection, Margaret Jacob presents the eighteenth-century movement known as the Enlightenment that forever changed the political, religious, and educational landscape of the day. Selections by some of the period’s most important thinkers include pieces by Locke, Rousseau, Mary Wortley Montagu, Denis Diderot, and Moses Mendelssohn. She

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In an unusually diverse collection, Margaret Jacob presents the eighteenth-century movement known as the Enlightenment that forever changed the political, religious, and educational landscape of the day. Selections by some of the period’s most important thinkers include pieces by Locke, Rousseau, Mary Wortley Montagu, Denis Diderot, and Moses Mendelssohn. She covers the movement’s lengthy evolution in a comprehensive introduction, which establishes the issues central to understanding the documents and provides important background on the political and social debates of the period. All documents are preceded by headnotes, and the volume includes a chronology, 14 illustrations, a bibliography, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312179977
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
10/04/2000
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
237
Sales rank:
538,665
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PART ONE

Introduction: The Struggle to Create a New Culture

Political Origins

Scientific and Religious Origins

The Public Sphere

Enlightened Feminism

Reworking Seventeenth-Century Formal Philosophy

A Clandestine Universe

A Protestant Odyssey

Travel Literature

Anglophilia

Mid-Century Crisis

Rousseau

The International Republican Conversation, 1775–1800

Slavery, Imperialism, and the French Revolution

The Legacy of the Enlightenment

A Note about the Text

PART TWO

The Documents

1. John Locke, Some Thoughts concerning Education, 1693

2. Treatise of the Three Impostors, 1719

3. Voltaire, Letters concerning the English Nation, 1733

4. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Letters, 1716–1718

5. Denis Diderot, Encyclopedia, 1751

6. Denis Diderot, Supplement to Bougainville’s VOYAGE, 1772

7. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762

8. Immanuel Kant, What Is Enlightenment? 1784

9. Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem: Or on Religious Power and Judaism, 1783

APPENDIXES

An Enlightenment Chronology (1685–1800)

Selected Bibliography

Index

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