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On the Enlightenment, Revolution & Modernity

  1. The Declaration of the Rights of Man
  2. A. Forrest ”The French Revolution” (1995)
  3. Bailey ”Birth of the Modern World” Chapters 1 to 3
  4. Bernard Bailyn ”The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution”
  5. C. Jones ”The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon, 1715-99” (2002) Chapter 5
  6. C. Jones ”The Great Nation” Chapters 8-11
  7. D. Andress ”French Society in Revolution 1789-99” (1999)
  8. D. Goodman ”History and Theory” (1992) ‘Public sphere and private life’
  9. D. Goodman ”The Republic of Letters” (1994)
  10. D. Outran ”The Enlightenment” (1995)
  11. D. Roche ”France in the Enlightenment “(1998)
  12. D. Roche and R. Darnton (ends) ”Revolution in Print” (1989)
  13. D. van Kley (ed.) ”The French Idea of Freedom: The Old Regime and the Declaration of Rights of 1789” (1994)
  14. E.J. Hobsbawm ”The Age of Revolution” (1988) Introduction (especially pp 17-21), Chapter 1,  Chapter 3 : The French Revolution (pp 74-100), Chapter 4, Chapter 6 : Revolutions, mainly 1848 (pp 137-162)
  15. G. Best (ed.) ”The Permanent Revolution: The French Revolution and its Legacy 1789-1989” (1988)
  16. G. Lewis ”The French Revolution: Rethinking the Debate (“1993”)”
  17. Gordon Wood ”The Radicalism of the American Revolution”
  18. J. Bender ”Eighteenth-Century Life” (1992) ‘A New History of the Enlightenment?’
  19. J. Habermas ”The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere” (1989)
  20. J. Sweetman ”The Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution”, 1700-1850 (1998)
  21. Jonathan Israel ”The Radical Enlightenment” (2001) (Part 1 pp.1-154)
  22. K. Baker ”Inventing the French Revolution” (1990)
  23. M. Jacob In “Social Research” (1991) ‘Enlightenment redefined’
  24. M. Ozouf In “Journal of Modern History” (supplement, 1988) ‘Public Opinion at the End of the Enlightenment’
  25. Michel Foucault in P. Rabinow (ed.), “The Foucault Reader” (1986, 91) ‘What is enlightenment’
  26. N. Hampson ”The Enlightenment” (1968)
  27. P. Gay ”The Enlightenment: An Interpretation” (1967, 77)
  28. P. Hamilton: In S. Hall and B Gieben (eds), “Formations of Modernity” (1992) “The Enlightenment and the Birth of Social Science”
  29. Patrice Higonnet ”Sister Republics: The Origins of French and American Republicanism” (1988)
  30. R. Chartier ”Cultural origins of the French Revolution”, (1991) Chapter 2
  31. Raymond Williams in “Keywords” (1976, 1988) – see ‘Revolution’, ‘Progressive’ and ‘Rational’
  32. Robert Danton ”George Washington’s False teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth century” (2003)
  33. Roy Porter ”The Enlightenment “(2001 edn)
  34. Roy Porter & M. Teich (eds.) ”The Enlightenment in National Context” (1981)
  35. Roy Porter and M. Teich ”Revolution in History” (1986) Especially chapters 1 and 13
  36. Susan Dunn ”Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light”?(1999)
  37. T. Kuhn ”The Scientific Revolution” (1962, 70)
  38. W. Doyle ”Oxford History of the French Revolution” (1998)
  39. W. Doyle ”Old Régime France” (2001)

1. The English Enlightenment


Our first concern as lovers of our country must be to enlighten it. Rev Richard Price 1789

I find enlightened minds congenial, I savour their pithy prose and feel more in tune with those warm, witty, clubbable men. They were broad-minded, they espoused pluralism, their register was ironic rather than dogmatic. The enlightenment was not a crusade but a tone of voice, a sensibility. Tolerance was central. The world they were making is the one we have inherited, that secular value system to which most of us subscribe today which upholds the unity of mankind and basic personal freedoms, and the worth of tolerance, knowledge, education and opportunity. Roy Porter Enlightment Penguin Books 2003

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