By Caroline Winterer
The approved fable 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 recent global. during this revelatory paintings, Stanford historian Caroline Winterer argues nationwide mythology of a unitary, patriotic period of enlightenment in the US was once created throughout the chilly warfare to behave as a guard opposed to the specter of totalitarianism, and that american citizens many paths towards political, non secular, clinical, and inventive enlightenment within the 1700s that have been stimulated by way of eu versions in additional complicated methods than regularly suggestion. Winterer’s booklet strips away our smooth innovations of the yankee nationwide previous, exploring which of our principles and beliefs are actually 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