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Rosseau and Revolution (1967)

by Will Durant, Ariel Durant

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Series: The Story of Civilization (10)

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A history of Europe during much of the eighteenth century that concentrates on the French Revolution and the beginnings of the Romantic movement.
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Classic Durant. Exhaustively detailed, delightfully opinionated. ( )
  Huba.Library | Feb 5, 2024 |
63 CDs! 56 hours. Hints at Voltaire and Rousseau being influenced by Native Americans. Land enclosure in England and France in 1700s. Didn't know Spain and Norway came in on the side of the US in the American Revolution. And lots of powerful woman: Marie Theresa, Catherine the Great, the salons, etc. ( )
  Castinet | Dec 11, 2022 |
The authors did a wonderful job of weaving a story of the time together around prominent people and their works. The research, assembly, and quotations alone make the book worth it but I think readers need to be warned of the dated and incorrect summarizing/editorializing the authors include. Of Catherine the Great they say, "her vices were of her time, but her virtues were her own." This denies human agency in the horrors of the world and displaces responsibility to the ethereal construct of time.

TLDR: we need a decolonized and deimperialized edition of this book. ( )
1 vote zomgpwnbbq | Nov 29, 2022 |
A masterly survey of European History and culture from the 1770's to the dawn of the French revolution. Perhaps showing too great an emphasis on philosophy, but if you only read one book on the period... ( )
  DinadansFriend | Aug 23, 2019 |
One must not forget that Durant won a Pulitzer Prize for this volume. ( )
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
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To our beloved daughter, Ethel Benvenuta who, through all these volumes, has been our help and our inspiration
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How did it come about that a man born poor, losing his mother at birth and soon deserted by his father, afflicted with a painful and humiliating disease, left to wander for twelve years among alien cities and conflicting faiths, repudiated by society and civilization, repudiating Voltaire, Diderot, the Encyclopédie, and the Age of Reason, driven from place to place as a dangerous rebel, suspected of crime and insanity, and seeing, in his last months, the apotheosis of his greatest enemy—how did it come about that this man, after his death, triumphed over Voltaire, revived religion, transformed education, elevated the morals of France, inspired the Romantic movement and the French Revolution, influenced the philosophy of Kant and Schopenhauer, the plays of Schiller, the novels of Goethe, the poems of Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley, the socialism of Marx, the ethics of Tolstoi, and, altogether, had more effect upon posterity than any other writer or thinker of that eighteenth century in which writers were more influential than they had ever been before?
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