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The Enlightenment? As a comic book?
on 24 October 2015
I have three Graphic Guides. The one on fractals is good, the subject is appropriate for a "graphic guide" because the illustrations complement the text admirably. The one on Camus is quite informative because it is possible to present his life and the plots of some of his major works in comic-book format. The same does not apply to the Graphic Guide on The Enlightment, unfortunately. The visual aspect adds very little, if anything, to the description, and at times it is even laughably superfluous, e.g. two drawings of the philosopher John Locke - on one page with the subtitle "with a wig" and on the next page with the subtitle "without his wig".
Apart from that, the text is badly-written and contains inaccuracies. For example:
- the first five pages explain that France was the main centre of the Enlightenment, then the next six or seven pages explain that Britain and the Dutch Republic were the main centres of the Enlightenment!
- on the page on William and Mary and the "Glorious Revolution", it is explained that the English parliament invited William to come to England and depose King James. This is incorrect. Seven "prominent Englishmen" invited William to come to England for that purpose. Also, on the same page, according to the author, the "Glorious Revolution" was "glorious" because it was bloodless. I thought it was "glorious" because of the important changes that came as a result of it, e.g. flight of King James, the creation of a constitutional monarchy in England?