The Age of Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, was a philosophical movement of the 18th century, whose goals were to end abuses of the church and state and instill progress and tolerance in their place. The movement, which began in France, was named by the writers who were a part of it: Voltaire and Rousseau. It came to include British writers such as Locke and Hume, as well as Americans like Jefferson, Washington, Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin. Several books have been written about the Enlightenment and its participants. Here are a few titles to help you learn more about the movement known as The Enlightenment.
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment 1670-1815
by Alan Charles Kors (Editor). Oxford University Press.
This compilation by University of Pennsylvania history professor Alan Charles Kors expands beyond the traditional centers of the movement such as Paris, but includes other, less well known centers of activity such as Edinburgh, Geneva, Philadelphia and Milan for consideration. It is exhaustively researched and detailed.
From the publisher: “Designed and organized for ease of use, its special features include more than 700 signed articles; annotated bibliographies following each article to guide further study; an extensive system of cross-references; a synoptic outline of contents; a comprehensive topical index providing easy access to networks of related articles; and high quality illustrations, including photographs, line drawings, and maps.”
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