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Democratic Enlightenment


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1: Introduction Part 1: The Radical Challenge 2: Nature and Providence: Earthquakes and the Human Condition 3: The Encyclopedie Suppressed (1752-60) 4: Rousseau against the Philosophes 5: Voltaire, Enlightenment, and the European Courts 6: Anti-Philosophes 7: Central Europe: Aufklarung divided Part II: Rationalizing the Ancien Regime 8: Hume, Scepticism, and Moderation 9: Scottish Enlightenment and Man's Progress 10: Enlightened Despotism 11: Aufklarung and the Fracturing of German Protestant Culture 12: Catholic Enlightenment: the Papacy's Retreat 13: Society and the Rise of the Italian revolutionary Enlightenment 14: Spain and the Challenge of Reform Part III: Europe and the Re-Making of the World 15: The Histoire Philosophique, or Colonialism Overturned 16: The American Revolution 17: Europe and the Amerindians 18: Philosophy and Revolt in Ibero-America (1765-92) 19: Commercial Despotism: Dutch Colonialism in Asia 20: China, Japan, and the West 21: India and the Two Enlightenments 22: Russia's Greeks, Poles, and Serfs Part IV: Spinoza Controversies in the Later Enlightenment 23: Rousseau, Spinoza and the 'General Will' 24: Radical Break-Through 25: The Pantheismusstreit (1780-87) 26: Kant and the Radical Challenge 27: Goethe, Schiller and the new "Dutch Revolt against Spain" Part V: Revolution 28: 1788-9: the "General Revolution" begins 29: The Diffusion 30: 'Philosophy' as the Maker of Revolutions 31: Aufklarung and the Secret Societies (1776-92) 32: Small State Revolution in the 1780s 33: The Dutch Democratic Revolution of the 1780s 34: The French Revolution: from 'Philosophy' to Basic Human Rights (1788-90) 35: Epilogue: 1789 as an Intellectual Revolution

About the Author

Jonathan Israel taught successively at the universities of Newcastle, Hull, and at University College London from 1970 to 2000. Since 2001 he has been Professor of Modern history at the Institute for Advance Study, Princeton. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and corresponding fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. His previous books include The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness and Fall, 1477-1806 (1995); The Radical Enlightenment (2001) and Enlightenment Contested (2006).


`Review from previous edition Israel has turned up evidence of the Radical Enlightenment's influence in surprising places, and that labor alone should ensure that this book finds a place on every specialist's shelf.' New York Times Book Review `a brave and ambitious historian...Israel has found a way of dramatising the debates and attitudes which eventually lay the foundations for something we can call modernity.' BBC History Magazine `Israelas industry and immense erudition are admirable. He cites or refers to thousands of original sources in many languages and stemming from various cultural heritages, many of them hitherto unknown to or seldom used by scholars of the Enlightenment.' Joseph Mali, The European Legacy

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