The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790

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Product Details

Price
$45.00  $41.40
Publisher
Harper
Publish Date
February 23, 2021
Pages
1008
Dimensions
6.3 X 9.2 X 2.3 inches | 2.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062410658

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About the Author

Ritchie Robertson is Professor of German at Oxford University, a fellow of the British Academy, and a lead reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement.

Reviews

Distinguished German scholar Robertson has produced a monumental work on a monumental topic....indispensable for advanced students and readers of history, especially those wishing to learn more about this pivotal era.--Library Journal
"...robust ...fascinating... fresh and expansive..."--Booklist
A long, thoroughly satisfying history of an era that was not solely about reason but was "also the age of feeling, sympathy and sensibility." Robertson, a professor of German at Oxford, has clearly read all the original sources and most modern scholars and arrived at his own conclusions, which are alternately unsettling and stimulating and consistently engaging.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Robertson's far-flung thematic survey probes the work of philosophers and ideologues, among them Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire, and Immanuel Kant, and expertly interprets the period's art and literature, including Samuel Richardson's melodramatic novel Clarissa, which set all of Europe to weeping. Thanks to Robertson's elegant prose and lucid analyses, this massive and deeply erudite work serves as a stimulating and accessible introduction to a watershed period in the intellectual development of the West.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)