The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents
Margaret C. Jacob
Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001 - History - 237 pages
In an unusually diverse collection, Margaret Jacob presents the eighteenth-century movement known as the Enlightenment that forever changed the political, religious, and educational landscape of the day. Selections by some of the period's most important thinkers include pieces by Locke, Rousseau, Mary Wortley Montagu, Denis Diderot, and Moses Mendelssohn. She covers the movement's lengthy evolution in a comprehensive introduction, which establishes the issues central to understanding the documents and provides important background on the political and social debates of the period. All documents are preceded by headnotes, and the volume includes a chronology, 14 illustrations, a bibliography, and an index.
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The flaws with this volume are the same that face many of the Bedford Series. Compacting an entire era into a slim volume means that some essential authors are inevitably left out while others are included for no apparent reason, while the selections that are included are often edited beyond recognition for length. In particular, Montagu's letters seemed like an attempt at political correctness with the inclusion of a woman (would de Gouges or Wollstonecraft have better filled that niche, however?). Jacob's introductory essay was thorough, but leaned too heavily upon her own areas of research, rather than presenting a balanced overview of the Enlightenment.
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I read this for my Western Perspective II class. I honestly loved it! The beginning is an introduction by the author and part two of the book is a collaboration of first-sources. I liked it so much instead of selling it I re-gifted it to a good friend of mine I new would enjoy it. Read full review
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