The Enlightenment World

Edited by Martin Fitzpatrick, Peter Jones, Christa Knellwolf, Iain McCalman

© 2006 – Routledge

736 pages | 82 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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:

  • the high enlightenment
  • polite culture and the arts
  • reforming the world
  • material and popular culture
  • transformations and exploration.

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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Martin Fitzpatrick was formerly Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Associate at the Department of History and Welsh History, the University of Wales, Aberyswyth. He is co-editor of Enlightenment and Dissent.

Peter Jones is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and was Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Christa Knellwolf is affiliated to the Austrailian National University and co-editor (with Christopher Norris) of 'The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol.9.’

Iain McCalman is the Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and general editor of An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832'

About the Series

Routledge Worlds

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Social History