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Dorinda Outram

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10 Jan 2013 1107636574 978-1107636576 3
Debate over the meaning of 'Enlightenment' began in the eighteenth century and still continues to this day. This period saw the opening of arguments on the nature of man, truth, the place of God and the international circulation of ideas, people and gold. But did the Enlightenment mean the same for men and women, for rich and poor, for Europeans and non-Europeans? In the third edition of her acclaimed book, Dorinda Outram addresses these and other questions about the Enlightenment as controversy increases about its place at the foundation of modernity. She studies it as a global phenomenon, setting the period against broader social changes. This new edition offers a new chapter on political economy, a completely revised further reading section and a new feature on electronic sources to stimulate primary research. This accessible overview will be essential reading for students of eighteenth-century history, philosophy and the history of ideas.

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'The book is not just a refreshing approach for students but a worthwhile refresher for any teacher.' The British Journal for the History of Science

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Did the Enlightenment mean the same for men and women, for rich and poor, for Europeans and non-Europeans? In this extended and updated third edition of her acclaimed book, Dorinda Outram addresses these and other questions about the Enlightenment as a global phenomenon set against broader social changes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, balanced history 29 Mar 2013
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A very well-written, accessible history of the Enlightenment. People often invoke The Enlightenment as the time when reason and Science defeated superstition an religion, and human rights became important. This is, at the very least, a drastic oversimplification, and Outram's book is a good antidote. Outram treats the Enlightenment as the complicated and often contradictory collection of ideas and movements that it was.

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4.0 out of 5 stars it would be a very fine text for undergraduate students or perhaps as a preliminary ... 2 Aug 2014
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An interesting, albeit brief review of the major themes arising from the Enlightenment. Outram's treatment of the period does not herald accomplishments that we usually single out as definitive of the Enlightenment. Instead, Outram gives a very balanced review, showing the parallel development of thinking about human rights alongside the expansion of colonialism and slavery. And, to counter the typical attention paid to the increasing interest in science, the text also shows the proliferation of utterly non-scientific literature aimed at far less than enlightened minds.

The text also covers several domains of life during this period, so it doesn't just focus on Enlightenment ideas; it includes what was going on in life itself. Be reminded. This is a brief review of themes from the Enlightenment, not a detailed history. As such, it would be a very fine text for undergraduate students or perhaps as a preliminary introduction for more advanced students seeking an overview of this period in Western history.
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