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The Enlightenment : a brief history with documents
Jacob, Margaret C., 1943-
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Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, [2001]

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xiii, 237 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.

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This brief volume introduces the movement called the Enlightenment that swept through 18h-century Europe affecting all areas of political, religious, and educational life. A variety of selections showcase the writings of a number of Enlightenment figures, including Locke, Rousseau, Mary Wortley Montagu, Diderot, and Moses Mendelssohn. A comprehensive introduction reaches back to the roots of the movement to set up critical 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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Part 1 Introduction: The Struggle to Create a New Culturep. 1
Political Originsp. 4
Scientific and Religious Originsp. 15
The Public Spherep. 20
Enlightened Feminismp. 22
Reworking Seventeenth-Century Formal Philosophyp. 27
A Clandestine Universep. 33
A Protestant Odysseyp. 41
Travel Literaturep. 43
Anglophiliap. 46
Mid-Century Crisisp. 50
Rousseaup. 55
The International Republican Conversation, 1775-1800p. 59
Slavery, Imperialism, and the French Revolutionp. 65
The Legacy of the Enlightenmentp. 68
A Note about the Textp. 72
Part 2 The Documentsp. 73
1. John Locke, Some Thoughts concerning Education, 1693p. 73
2. Treatise of the Three Impostors, 1719p. 94
3. Voltaire, Letters concerning the English Nation, 1733p. 114
4. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Letters, 1716-1718p. 137
5. Denis Diderot, Encyclopedia, 1751p. 156
6. Denis Diderot, Supplement to Bougainville's Voyage, 1772p. 160
7. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762p. 177
8. Immanuel Kant, What Is Enlightenment? 1784p. 202
9. Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem: Or on Religious Power and Judaism, 1783p. 208
An Enlightenment Chronology (1685-1800)p. 221
Selected Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 229