Toleration in Enlightenment Europe

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The Enlightenment is often seen as the great age of religious and intellectual toleration, and this volume is the first systematic pan-European survey of the theory, practice, and very real limits to toleration in eighteenth century Europe. A powerful team of contributors demonstrate how the publicists of the European Enlightenment developed earlier ideas about toleration, gradually widening the desire for religious toleration into a philosophy of freedom seen as a fundamental precondition for a civilized society. Despite this, advances in toleration remained fragile and often short-lived.

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"...a valuable conference, certainly well-prepared and well-presented that deserved publication. It will be a reliable reference on the issues." The Catholic Historical Review

"This work is the third volume in a series on toleration.... A student of toleration could hardly do better than to consult these three volumes." Canadian Journal of Political Science

"These well-written essays are accessible for undergraduates and will be particularly welcomed by historians of European intellectual and religious history." Philop F. Riley, History

"This is a good survey of both the theory and practice of toleration in eighteenth-century Europe....the papers stick closely to the main theme of tolerance, giving the volume an internal coherence that is often lacking in published conference papers." H-Net Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521651967
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; 1. Toleration in Enlightenment Europe Ole Peter Grell and Roy Porter; 2. Toleration and the Enlightenment movement Martin Fitzpatrick; 3. Multiculturalism and ethnic cleansing in the Enlightenment Robert Wokler; 4. Intolerance, the virtue of Princes and Radicals Sylvana Tomaselli; 5. Spinoza, Locke and the Enlightenment battle for toleration Jonathan I. Israel; 6. Toleration and Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic Ernestine van der Wall; 7. Toleration and citizenship in Enlightenment England: John Toland and the naturalisation of the Jews, 1714–53 Justin Champion; 8. Citizenship and religious toleration in France Marisa Linton; 9. A tolerant society? Religious toleration in the Holy Roman Empire, 1648–1806 Joachim Whaley; 10. Enlightenment in the Habsburg Monarchy: history of a belated and short-lived phenomenon Karl Vocelka; 11. Toleration in Eastern Europe: the dissident question in eighteenth-century Poland-Lithuania Michael G. Müller; 12. Toleration in Enlightenment Italy Nicholas Davidson; 13. Inquisition, tolerance and liberty in eighteenth-century Spain Henry Kamen; Index.

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