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Toward the light of liberty : the struggles for freedom and rights that made the modern Western world

Author: A C Grayling
Publisher: New York : Walker, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Do we take our liberties for granted at the risk of losing them in the war on terror? Grayling (Descartes: The Life and Times of a Genius), a professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a leading British public intellectual, believes so. This book is, in some respects, an old-fashioned, triumphalist history of the rise of Western liberty since the 16th century (with Martin Luther, John  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Grayling, A.C.
Toward the light of liberty.
New York : Walker, 2007
(OCoLC)156821882
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A C Grayling
ISBN: 9780802718860 0802718868
OCLC Number: 679405302
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Setting the scene --
The demand for liberty. The Reformation and the beginning of modern liberty ; Freeing the mind ; The fight against absolutism --
The extension of liberty. Slaves, workers, women, and the struggle for liberty ; The Liberty Century ; Rights out of wrongs ; The idea of liberty and the verge of betrayal --
Landmarks on the road to freedom. The Bill of Rights, 1689 ; The United States Bill of rights, 1791 ; Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen ; The Chartists' 'Six Points' and petition ; United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Other Titles: Struggles for freedom and rights that made the modern Western world
Responsibility: A.C. Grayling.

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Do we take our liberties for granted at the risk of losing them in the war on terror? Grayling (Descartes: The Life and Times of a Genius), a professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a leading British public intellectual, believes so. This book is, in some respects, an old-fashioned, triumphalist history of the rise of Western liberty since the 16th century (with Martin Luther, John Locke and Elizabeth Cady Stanton playing leading roles), but nevertheless serves as a stirring call to arms to defend freedom from its enemies within and without. Grayling argues that the struggle for liberty has been one of sacrifice and hardship on the part of many heroic individuals. Despite the blood and the violence, it has been worth it. Today's ordinary Western citizen is, in sixteenth-century terms, a lord: a possessor of rights, entitlements, opportunities and resources that only an aristocrat of that earlier period could hope for. But, Grayling somberly writes, the process of losing our inheritance of liberty might have already begun.--From publisher's description.

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