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The Enlightenment World


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This series features monographs that take an innovative and challenging look at the political and intellectual history of the Enlightenment period. The richness of the Enlightenment experience makes it a significant topic for study. It had a profound impact on nearly every aspect of life during the long eighteenth century and many of its values are familiar to modern society. Some of the key themes that this series embraces include the scientific revolution; philosophical origins and progress of the Enlightenment; high and popular culture; the political impact of the Enlightenment; and its comparative impact in a broad European context.

Series Editor:          Michael T Davis (Griffith University)

Series Co-Editors:  Jack Fruchtman (Towson University)
                                 Kevin Gilmartin (Caltech)
                                 Jon Mee (University of York)

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Henry Redhead Yorke, Colonial Radical: Politics and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1772-1813

Henry Redhead Yorke, Colonial Radical: Politics and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1772-1813

1st Edition

Amanda Goodrich
February 28, 2019

This is a political, cultural and intellectual biography of the neglected but important figure, Henry Redhead Yorke. A West Indian of African/British descent, born into a slave society but educated in Georgian England, he developed a complex identity to which politics was key. The most...

Liberating Medicine, 1720–1835

Liberating Medicine, 1720–1835

1st Edition

Steve Clark
February 08, 2016

During the 18th century medicine became an autonomous discipline and practice. Surgeons justified themselves as skilled practitioners and set themselves apart from the unspecialized, hack barber-surgeons of early modernity. This title presents 17 essays on the relationship between medicine and...

Montesquieu and England: Enlightened Exchanges, 1689–1755

Montesquieu and England: Enlightened Exchanges, 1689–1755

1st Edition

Ursula Haskins Gonthier
January 21, 2016

Gonthier sets Montesquieu's work in the context of early eighteenth-century Anglo-French relations, taking a comparative approach to show how Montesquieu's engagement with English thought and writing persisted throughout his writing career....

The Poetic Enlightenment: Poetry and Human Science, 1650–1820

The Poetic Enlightenment: Poetry and Human Science, 1650–1820

1st Edition

Rowan Boyson
January 21, 2016

The essays in this edited collection look at the role of poetry in the development of Enlightenment ideas. As scholarly disciplines began to emerge – anthropology, linguistics, psychology – the ancient art of poetry was invoked to create new ways of defining and expanding this philosophy of human...

William Wickham, Master Spy: The Secret War Against the French Revolution

William Wickham, Master Spy: The Secret War Against the French Revolution

1st Edition

Michael Durey
January 21, 2016

A biography of William Wickham (1761-1840), Britain's master spy on the Continent for more than five years during the French Revolutionary wars. It follows Wickham's career to narrate the rise and fall of his secret service community....

John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon

John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon

1st Edition

Steve Poole
January 21, 2016

John Thelwall was a Romantic and Enlightenment polymath. In 1794 he was tried and acquitted of high treason, earning himself the disdainful soubriquet 'acquitted felon' from Secretary of State for War, William Windham. Later, Thelwall's interests turned to poetry and plays, and was a collaborator...

Charlotte Smith in British Romanticism

Charlotte Smith in British Romanticism

1st Edition

Jacqueline Labbe
January 21, 2016

Charlotte Smith's early sonnets established the genre as a Romantic form; her novels advanced sensibility beyond its reliance on emotional facility; and her blank verse initiated one of the most familiar of Romantic verse forms. This volume draws together the best of current scholarship....

Representing Humanity in the Age of Enlightenment

Representing Humanity in the Age of Enlightenment

1st Edition

Alexander Cook
January 21, 2016

The Enlightenment era saw European thinkers increasingly concerned with what it meant to be human. This collection of essays traces the concept of ‘humanity’ through revolutionary politics, feminist biography, portraiture, explorer narratives, libertine and Orientalist fiction, the philosophy of...

Rhyming Reason: The Poetry of Romantic-Era Psychologists

Rhyming Reason: The Poetry of Romantic-Era Psychologists

1st Edition

Michelle Faubert
January 21, 2016

During the Romantic era, psychology and literature enjoyed a fluid relationship. Faubert focuses on psychologist-poets who grew out of the literary-medical culture of the Scottish Enlightenment. They used poetry as an accessible form to communicate emerging psychological, cultural and moral ideas....

Adam Ferguson: Philosophy, Politics and Society

Adam Ferguson: Philosophy, Politics and Society

1st Edition

Eugene Heath
January 21, 2016

Unique among the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Ferguson saw two eighteenth-century revolutions, the American and the French. This monograph contains a set of essays that analyse Ferguson's philosophical, political and sociological writings and the discourse which they prompted...

Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment

Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment

1st Edition

David Worrall
January 21, 2016

Under the 1737 Licensing Act, Covent Garden, Dury Lane and regional Theatres Royal held a monopoly on the dramatic canon. This work explores the presentation of foreign cultures and ethnicities on the popular British stage from 1750 to 1840. It argues that this illegitimate stage was the site for a...

Writing the Empire: Robert Southey and Romantic Colonialism

Writing the Empire: Robert Southey and Romantic Colonialism

1st Edition

Carol Bolton
January 21, 2016

Examines a range of Robert Southey's writing to explore the relationship between Romantic literature and colonial politics during the expansion of Britain's second empire. This study draws upon a range of interdisciplinary materials to consider the impact of his work upon nineteenth-century views...

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