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The Age of Ideas: From Reaction to Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France
The Age of Ideas From Reaction to Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France Author:George R. Havens George R. Havens, an authority on pre-Revolutionary France, analyzes the great ideas of that period in terms of the lives and careers of eight outstanding philosophical figures. He shows how such creative thinkers as Voltaire, Diderot, and Beaumarchais triumphed over harsh censorship to register effective protests against the evils of an infamo... more »us society -- and to kindle the ideals that would grow into revolution. Bayle, Fenelon, Fontenelle, Montesquieu, and Rousseau complete the roster of brilliant philosophers whose contributions are perceptively assessed in this volume.
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