THE POLITICS OF ENLIGHTENMENT: FROM PETER GAY TO JONATHAN ISRAEL*

@article{Dijn2012THEPO,
  title={THE POLITICS OF ENLIGHTENMENT: FROM PETER GAY TO JONATHAN ISRAEL*},
  author={Annelien de Dijn},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={55},
  pages={785 - 805}
}
  • A. D. Dijn
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • The Historical Journal
ABSTRACT According to the textbook version of history, the Enlightenment played a crucial role in the creation of the modern, liberal democracies of the West. Ever since this view – which we might describe as the modernization thesis – was first formulated by Peter Gay, it has been repeatedly criticized as misguided: a myth. Yet, as this paper shows, it continues to survive in postwar historiography, in particular in the Anglophone world. Indeed, Gay's most important and influential successors… Expand
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