Languages of Reform in the Eighteenth Century: When Europe Lost Its Fear of Change

1st Edition

Susan Richter, Thomas Maissen, Manuela Albertone

Routledge
November 13, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 496 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367427733 - CAT# K454756
Series: Routledge Research in Early Modern History

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Summary

Societies perceive "Reform" or "Reforms" as substantial changes and significant breaks which must be well-justified. The Enlightenment brought forth the idea that the future was uncertain and could be shaped by human beings. This gave the concept of reform a new character and new fields of application. Those who sought support for their plans and actions needed to reflect, develop new arguments, and offer new reasons to address an anonymous public. This book aims to compile these changes under the heuristic term of "languages of reform." It analyzes the structures of communication regarding reforms in the 18th century through a wide variety of topics.

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