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


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

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Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 940.25/Burns (Text to phone) Available -
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Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note: Introduction: 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 rivals -- 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.