By Caroline Winterer
The authorised fable of the “American Enlightenment” means that the rejection of monarchy and institution of a brand new republic within the usa within the eighteenth century was once the conclusion of utopian philosophies born within the highbrow salons of Europe and radiating outward to the recent global. during this revelatory paintings, Stanford historian Caroline Winterer argues nationwide mythology of a unitary, patriotic period of enlightenment in the USA used to be created in the course of the chilly conflict to behave as a guard opposed to the specter of totalitarianism, and that american citizens many paths towards political, spiritual, clinical, and creative enlightenment within the 1700s that have been prompted via eu versions in additional advanced methods than quite often proposal. Winterer’s booklet strips away our sleek innovations of the yankee nationwide earlier, exploring which of our principles and beliefs are actually rooted within the eighteenth century and that are innovations and mystifications of more moderen times.
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