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Fire and light : how the Enlightenment transformed our world / James MacGregor Burns.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9781250024893 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 1250024897 (hardcover) :
  • Description: ix, 388 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2013.

Available copies

  • 11 of 12 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Gloucester. (Show all copies)

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Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 940.25/Burns (Text to Phone) Checked out 06/11/2016
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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-367) and index.
Contents Note: Enlightenment as Revolution -- The Revolution in Ideas. The state of nature ; The triumph of reason ; The freedom of thought ; The light of experience. -- Rule Britannia? : The widening gap ; Imperial rulership ; The Scottish enlightenment. -- Revolutionary Americans. An American enlightenment ; Creating the revolution ; Self-evident truths ; The egalitarian movement. -- France: Rule or Ruin? : Royal Paris ; The philosophes and the people ; The unmaking of a king ; Becoming revolutionary ; The madness of the factions. -- Transforming American Politics. The life of the nation ; The liberty of a person ; The happiness of the people ; The first transformation? -- Britain: the Rules of Rulership. The inside game ; The revolution that wasn't ; The fractured debate. -- Napoleonic Rulership. La grande farce ; Power: the supreme value ; The abdication of the people ; Restoration? -- Britain: Industrializing Enlightenment. Ideas as capital ; The tyranny of the machine ; Property and poverty ; The new radicals. -- France: the Crowds of July. The liberal revolt ; Tribunes of the people ; Republican revivals. -- The American Experiment. We are all republicans ; The Democratic majority ; Liberty and equality ; The new world. -- Britain: the Fire for Reform. Strategies of reform ; Ideas as weapons ; Stumbling toward reform ; The dawning of a liberal party. -- The Negative of Liberty. People as property ; The canker of bondage. -- The Transformation. The liberal triumph ; The clash of ideas ; A new American enlightenment?
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian James MacGregor Burns brilliantly illuminates the Two-hundred-year conflagration of the Enlightenment, when audacious questions and astonishing ideas tore across Europe and the New World, transforming thought, overturning governments, and inspiring visionary political experiments.

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