By Caroline Winterer
The accredited delusion of the “American Enlightenment” means that the rejection of monarchy and institution of a brand new republic within the usa within the eighteenth century used to be the belief of utopian philosophies born within the highbrow salons of Europe and radiating outward to the hot international. during this revelatory paintings, Stanford historian Caroline Winterer argues nationwide mythology of a unitary, patriotic period of enlightenment in the United States was once created in the course of the chilly conflict to behave as a guard opposed to the specter of totalitarianism, and that americans many paths towards political, non secular, clinical, and creative enlightenment within the 1700s that have been inspired by way of eu types in additional advanced methods than generally inspiration. Winterer’s publication strips away our smooth innovations of the yankee nationwide earlier, exploring which of our rules and beliefs are really rooted within the eighteenth century and that are innovations and mystifications of newer times.
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American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History) by Caroline Winterer