In Search of Humanity: The Role of the Enlightenment in Modern History

In Search of Humanity: The Role of the Enlightenment in Modern History

by Alfred Cobban

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First published in 1960, In Search of Humanity: The Role of the Enlightenment in Modern History represents an analysis of the decline of moral and political standards in the 20th century in light of their development during the 17th and 18th centuries. Professor Alfred Cobban not only provides a thorough and comprehensible overview of the political ideas of the Enlightenment thinkers, but also illustrates how these ideas are relevant for our own age. Along with discussing the general tenets of the Enlightenment, Prof. Cobban also attempts to demystify some of the myths surrounding the impact that the Enlightenment had on the French Revolution, and political philosophy thereafter. Professor Cobban gives a clear outline of the profoundly classical liberal nature of the Enlightenment, which is the basis of the “humanity” he seeks to re-discover, treasure and cherish. Anyone intending to defend classical liberalism in our time should take heed of the ideas espoused in this book.

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ISBN-13: 9781789124620
Publisher: Borodino Books
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 854 KB

About the Author

Alfred Cobban (1901-1968) was an English historian and professor of French history at University College, London, who along with prominent French historian François Furet advocated a Revisionist view of the French Revolution.

Born on May 24, 1901 in London, Cobban was educated at Latymer Upper School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Before his professorship at University College, London, he was a lecturer in history at King’s College in Newcastle-on-Tyne. He held a Rockefeller Fellowship for research in France and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Harvard University.

An editor of History magazine, Cobban also published articles in the English Historical Review, the Political Science Quarterly, International Affairs and other historical and political journals.

He also published numerous historical books, including: Burke and the Revolt Against the Eighteenth Century (1929), Rousseau and the Modern State (1934), Historians and the Causes of the French Revolution (1946), The Debate on the French Revolution, 1789-1800 (1950), the three-volume A History of Modern France (1957-1965), The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution (1964), Aspects of the French Revolution (1968) and The Eighteenth Century: Europe in the Age of Enlightenment (1969).

Cobban died in London on April 1, 1968, aged 66.

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