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The roads to modernity : the British, French, and American enlightenments

Author: Gertrude Himmelfarb
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The Roads to Modernity reclaims the Enlightenment - an extraordinary time bursting with new ideas about the human condition in the realms of 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, Gertrude  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Himmelfarb, Gertrude.
Roads to modernity.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004
(OCoLC)643947218
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gertrude Himmelfarb
ISBN: 1400042364 9781400042364
OCLC Number: 53091118
Description: xii, 284 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
The British Enlightenment : the sociology of virtue. "Social affections" and religious dispositions ; Political economy and moral sentiments ; Edmund Burke's Enlightenment ; Radical dissenters ; Methodism : "a social religion" ; "The age of benevolence" --
The French Enlightenment : the ideology of reason --
The American Enlightenment : the politics of liberty --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Gertrude Himmelfarb.
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"The Roads to Modernity reclaims the Enlightenment - an extraordinary time bursting with new ideas about the human condition in the realms of 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, Gertrude Himmelfarb demonstrates the primacy of the British and the wisdom and foresight of thinkers such as Adam Smith, David Hume, Thomas Paine, the Earl of Shaftesbury, Edward Gibbon, and Edmund Burke, who established its unique character and historic importance. It is this Enlightenment, she argues, that created a moral and social philosophy - humane, compassionate, and realistic - that still resonates strongly today, in America perhaps ever more so than in Europe." "This is a contribution to the history of ideas."--Jacket.

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