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The Enlightenment World offers an informed, comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the European Enlightenment (c. 1720–1800) as both an historical epoch and a cultural formation.
This prestigious collection begins with the intellectual origins of the Enlightenment, and spans early formations up to both contemporary and modern critics of the Enlightenment.
The chapters, written by leading international experts, represent the most cutting-edge research within the field and include:
Covering topics as diverse as government, fashion, craftsmen and artisans, philanthropy, cross-cultural encounters, feminism, censorship, science and education, this volume provides a thorough survey of the Enlightenment in Europe.
'It is quite simply the best study of the Enlightenment World ever produced.' - H.T. Dickinson, University of Edinburgh
1. The Intellectual Origins of the Enlightenment 2. Early Enlightenment Formations 3. The High Enlightenment 4. Polite Culture and the Arts 5. Material and Popular Culture 6. Reforming the World 7. Transformations and Explorations 8. The Enlightenment and its Critics: Then and Now
The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.