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Revolutions Revisited: Two Faces of the Politics of Enlightenment

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In this elegant extended essay, Ralph Lerner concentrates on the politics of enlightenment--the process by which those who sought to set minds free went about their work. Eighteenth-century revolutionaries in America and Europe, Lerner argues, found that a revolution aimed at liberating bodies and minds had somehow to be explained and defended. Lerner first investigates how the makers of revolution sought to improve their public's aspirations and chances. He pays particular attention to Benjamin Franklin, to the tone and substance of revolutionaries' appeals on both sides of the Atlantic, and to the preoccupations of first- and second-generation enlighteners among the Americans. He then unfolds the art by which later political actors, confronting the profound political, constitutional, and social divisions of their own day, drew upon and reworked their national revolutionary heritage. Lerner's examination of the speeches and writings of Edmund Burke, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexis de Tocqueville shows them to be masters of a political rhetoric once closely analyzed by Plato and his medieval student al-Farabi but now nearly forgotten.

Synopsis:

Examines the practical matters of how enlightenment was brought about, detailing first how politicians, especially Franklin, sought to raise the public's aspirations, and then discussing the role of a national revolutionary heritage.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807862865
Subtitle:
Two Faces of the Politics of Enlightenment
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Creator:
Ralph Lerner
Author:
Ralph Lerner
Author:
Lerner, Ralph
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
Enlightenment
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
Political science -- United States -- History.
Subject:
American Studies-General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
colonial history;
Subject:
European studies
Subject:
Benjamin, Franklin
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1994
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
136

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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