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The Creation of the Modern World: The Untold Story of the British Enlightenment

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Publisher Comments:

From the Author of The Greatest Benefit to Mankind (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award) comes a sumptuous and spicy volume (Washington Post Book World) that highlights Britain's long-underestimated and pivotal role in disseminating the ideas and culture of the Enlightenment. In response to numerous histories centered on France and Germany, Roy Porter explains how the monumental transformation of thinking in Britain influenced worldwide developments. This splendidly imaginative work propels the debate forward . . . and makes a valuable point (New York Times Book Review).

With its representative government, religious tolerance, precocious industrialization, and pioneering individualism, eighteenth-century Britain was at the forefront of political, social, and intellectual innovation. In this pulsing narrative, packed with redoubtable characters (Sunday [London] Times), Porter examines the influence of such heroic figures as Bacon, Newton, and Locke in shaping the British Enlightenment, as well as the impact of other English essayists and novelists in popularizing modern thought.

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In response to the numerous histories crediting France and Germany, Porter (social history of medicine, Wellcome Institute for the History of Science) makes a case for Britain as the true home of modernity and font of the Enlightenment. By the 18th century, he points out, the country had representative government, religious tolerance, precocious industrialization, and pioneering individualism.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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From a critically acclaimed author comes an engagingly written and groundbreaking new work that highlights the long-underestimated British role in delivering the Enlightenment to the modern world. Porter reveals how the monumental transformation of thinking in Great Britain influenced wider developments elsewhere. of color illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393048728
Author:
Porter, Roy
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Enlightenment
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Enlightenment -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Great Britain Intellectual life.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
#50
Publication Date:
December 2000
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
728
Dimensions:
9.57x6.37x1.60 in. 2.32 lbs.

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