Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Roads to Modernity: The British, French,…

The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments

by Gertrude Himmelfarb

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
175167,867 (3.5)2



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 2 mentions

Enlightenments was perfect. I read Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Demoralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values a few years ago, and thought it was extremely thought provoking and well-written. I think the same of The Roads; however, I would recommend becoming familiar with the basics of western philosophy before reading this one. If you're unfamiliar with Kant, Hume, Smith etc...(the list goes on and on), then it would be really difficult to follow or identify with the ideas in this one. ( )
  Voracious_Reader | Mar 30, 2009 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (3)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Himmelfarb contrasts the Enlightenment in Britain, France and the United States and shows how the abstracted idealism of man (combined with a disparagement of the common man) that characterised the French Enlightenment has wrongly been given primacy by generations of thinkers. Originally published: 2005.… (more)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
16 wanted4 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.5)
2 3
3 1
3.5 1
4 4
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,912,589 books! | Top bar: Always visible