The Roads to Modernity

The Roads to Modernity The British, French and American Enlightenments

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Synopsis

Gertrude Himmelfarb's elegant and wonderfully readable work, The Roads to Modernity, reclaims the Enlightenment from historians who have downgraded its importance and from scholars who have given preeminence to the Enlightenment in France over concurrent movements in England and in America.

Himmerlfarb demonstrates the primacy and wisdom of the British, exemplified in such thinkers as Adam Smith, David Hume, and Edmund Burke, as well as the unique and enduring contributions of the American Founders. It is their Enlightenments, she argues, that created a social ethic - humane, compassionate and realistic - that still resonates strongly today.

Book information

ISBN: 9781845951412
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 190.9033
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 218g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 20mm