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The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments

Gertrude Himmelfarb Gordon Brown



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01 May 2008
Philosophy; History of Western philosophy; Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900; History of ideas
Gertrude Himmelfarb's elegant and eminently 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 andAmerica.

Contrasting the Enlightenments in the three nations, 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.
By:   Gertrude Himmelfarb
Introduction by:   Gordon Brown
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   218g
ISBN:   9781845951412
ISBN 10:   1845951417
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 May 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gertrude Himmelfarb has taught at the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where she was named Distinguished Professor of History in 1978 and is now Professor Emeritus. She has received the two highest honours bestowed by the United States for distinguished achievement in the humanities: the Jefferson Lectureship in the Humanities in 1991, and the National Humanities Medal in 2004. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and is a member of the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress. She lives in Washington, D.C

Reviews for The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments

Supported with great passion and wide-ranging scholarship... Himmelfarb has written a keenly argued and thought-provoking intellectual history of the eighteenth century * San Francisco Chronicle * Exceptionally well written and clever * Washington Post * She writes with a real grace and her effortless prose brings the history of ideas to life * Sunday Times * This stimulating essay makes a convincing case for the unique character and significance of the British Enlightenment * Guardian * An intelligent history... the prose is elegant and the arguments engaging and she weaves her way gracefully and effortlessly across centuries, disciplines and nations * Observer *

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