The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments

The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments

by Gertrude Himmelfarb
     
 

ISBN-10: 1400077222

ISBN-13: 9781400077229

Pub. Date: 08/09/2005

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In an elegant, eminently readable work, one of our most distinguished intellectual historians gives us a brilliant revisionist history. The Roads to Modernity reclaims the Enlightenment–an extraordinary time bursting with new ideas about human nature, politics, society, and religion—from historians who have downgraded its importance and from scholars…  See more details below

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In an elegant, eminently readable work, one of our most distinguished intellectual historians gives us a brilliant revisionist history. The Roads to Modernity reclaims the Enlightenment–an extraordinary time bursting with new ideas about human nature, politics, society, and religion—from historians who have downgraded its importance and from scholars who have given preeminence to the Enlightenment in France over concurrent movements in England and America.Contrasting the Enlightenments in the three nations, Himmelfarb demonstrates the primacy and wisdom of the British, exemplified in such thinkers as Adam Smith, David Hume, and Edmund Burke, as well as the unique and enduring contributions of the American Founders. It is their Enlightenments, she argues, that created a social ethic–humane, compassionate, and realistic–that still resonates strongly today, in America perhaps even more than in Europe.The Roads to Modernity is a remarkable and illuminating contribution to the history of ideas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400077229
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/09/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
410,399
Product dimensions:
5.21(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue

The British Enlightenment: The Sociology of Virtue
1. “Social Affections” and Religious Dispositions
2. Political Economy and Moral Sentiments
3. Edmund Burke’s Enlightenment
4. Radical Dissenters
5. Methodism: “A Social Religion”
6. “The Age of Benevolence”

The French Enlightenment: The Ideology of Reason

The American Enlightenment: The Politics of Liberty

Epilogue
Notes
Index

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