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By Caroline Winterer

A provocative reassessment of the concept that of an American golden age of European-born cause and highbrow interest within the years following the innovative War

The accredited fantasy of the “American Enlightenment” means that the rejection of monarchy and institution of a brand new republic within the usa within the eighteenth century used to be 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 was once created throughout the chilly struggle to behave as a guard opposed to the specter of totalitarianism, and that american citizens many paths towards political, non secular, clinical, and creative enlightenment within the 1700s that have been inspired through ecu versions in additional advanced methods than generally inspiration. Winterer’s e-book strips away our smooth innovations of the yank nationwide prior, 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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