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By Roy S. Porter, Mikuláš Teich

The Enlightenment has frequently been written approximately as a series of disembodied 'great ideas'. the purpose of this publication is to place the ideals of the Enlightenment firmly into their social context, by means of revealing the nationwide soils within which they have been rooted and the explicit reasons for which they have been used. It brings out the local divergences of the Enlightenment event, formed via diversified neighborhood highbrow and financial priorities. even as it additionally exhibits how principal matters (with advantage, patriotism, liberty and modernisation) have been shared in all places, and the way the writings of convinced key components (such as France and England) got here to be influential somewhere else. The 13 essays, each one written via a historian specialising within the specific nation, study nationwide contexts from Sweden to Italy, from Russia to North the US. in addition to focusing awareness at the interaction of suggestion and motion, ideology and society, the publication bargains vital insights into where of the intelligentsia within the smooth global.

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