In Search of the Enlightenment: Recent Attempts to Create a Social History of Ideas

@article{Darnton1971InSO,
  title={In Search of the Enlightenment: Recent Attempts to Create a Social History of Ideas},
  author={R. Darnton},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  year={1971},
  volume={43},
  pages={113 - 132}
}
  • R. Darnton
  • Published 1971
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Modern History
  • The history of the Enlightenment has always been a lofty affair-a tendency that will not be regretted by anyone who has scaled its peaks with Cassirer, sucked in delicious lungfuls of pure reason, and surveyed the topography of eighteenth-century thought laid out neatly at his feet. But the time has come for a more down-to-earth look at the Enlightenment, because while intellectual historians have mapped out the view from the top, social historians have been burrowing deep into the substrata of… CONTINUE READING
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