Given the huge advances achieved by research regarding many aspects of the Enlightenment over the past several decades there is certainly a crying need for a one-volume dictionary to serve as guide to the main Enlightenment writers, thinkers, publicists and educators, the Enlightenment’s key labels, conceptual terms, categories and currents of thought, and to the titles of the most important projects, enactments and initiatives.
Historical Dictionary of the Enlightenment, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 300 cross-referenced entries. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Enlightenment.
Jonathan Israel is a professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
About the Author
This second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Enlightenment considerably revises the first edition, written by Harvey Chisick…. The new edition is broader in scope than its predecessor. Geographically, Israel extends beyond the primarily transatlantic focus often associated with the Enlightenment—for instance, there are entries on China, India, and Japan. Israel also broadens the traditional, if disputed, chronological boundaries of the Enlightenment, including such 17th-century figures as Thomas Hobbes and extending the purview to the Napoleonic period and beyond. The author also places greater emphasis on the development of new sciences and scholarly pursuits and the reinvigoration of older ones. Includes a chronological table and an extensive bibliography focusing on material published after 2000. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates; general readers.
11/30/23, Choice: This title was included in the “The Top 75 Community College Titles: November 2023 Edition”