Civilization in the West

  • Jean - Honoré Fragonard
  • Published 2009

Abstract

“Happy families are all alike,” wrote Lev Tolstoy in the nineteenth century when the idea of a happy family was already a cliché. Such an idea would never have occurred to his eighteenth-century forebears. For them the happy family was new. Personal happiness was an invention of the Enlightenment, the result of novel attitudes about human aspirations and… (More)

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