The Enlightenment: A Brief History With Documents

Paperback | October 4, 2000

byMargaret C. C. Jacob

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In an unusually diverse collection, Margaret Jacob presents the eighteenth-century movement known as the Enlightenment that forever changed the political, religious, and educational landscape of the day. Selections by some of the period’s most important thinkers include pieces by Locke, Rousseau, Mary Wortley Montagu, Denis Diderot, and Moses Mendelssohn. She covers the movement’s lengthy evolution in a comprehensive introduction, which establishes the issues central to understanding the documents and provides important background on the political and social debates of the period. All documents are preceded by headnotes, and the volume includes a chronology, 14 illustrations, a bibliography, and an index.

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In an unusually diverse collection, Margaret Jacob presents the eighteenth-century movement known as the Enlightenment that forever changed the political, religious, and educational landscape of the day. Selections by some of the period’s most important thinkers include pieces by Locke, Rousseau, Mary Wortley Montagu, Denis Diderot, an...

Margaret C. Jacob is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published widely on science, religion, freemasonry, and the origins of the Industrial Revolution. A past Guggenheim and Fulbright fellow, Jacob has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Huma...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:237 pages, 8.26 × 5.52 × 0.29 inPublished:October 4, 2000Publisher:Bedford/St. Martin'sLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS 

PART ONE

Introduction: The Struggle to Create a New Culture

Political Origins

Scientific and Religious Origins

The Public Sphere

Enlightened Feminism

Reworking Seventeenth-Century Formal Philosophy

A Clandestine Universe

A Protestant Odyssey

Travel Literature

Anglophilia

Mid-Century Crisis

Rousseau

The International Republican Conversation, 1775–1800

Slavery, Imperialism, and the French Revolution

The Legacy of the Enlightenment

A Note about the Text

PART TWO

The Documents

1. John Locke, Some Thoughts concerning Education, 1693

2. Treatise of the Three Impostors, 1719

3. Voltaire, Letters concerning the English Nation, 1733

4. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Letters, 1716–1718

5. Denis Diderot, Encyclopedia, 1751

6. Denis Diderot, Supplement to Bougainville’s VOYAGE, 1772

7. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762

8. Immanuel Kant, What Is Enlightenment? 1784

9. Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem: Or on Religious Power and Judaism, 1783

APPENDIXES

An Enlightenment Chronology (1685–1800)

Selected Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

"This is an excellent collection. The clear and elegant introduction usefully discusses many current topics of interest regarding the Enlightenment, including the role of religion; the cultural processes of criticism; the social and gender status of the 'enlightened, ' and attitudes towards non-European societies and peoples. The well-chosen documents, combined with the author's fine introduction, should make this a very effective text for use in the classroom."