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Author Wolloch, Nathaniel.

Title History and nature in the Enlightenment : praise of the mastery of nature in eighteenth-century historical literature / Nathaniel Wolloch.

Published Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2011]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.253 WOLL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [246]-282) and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.Cosmology -- 2.Cultivation -- 3.Rudeness -- 4.Barbarism Civilized.
Summary The mastery of nature was viewed by eighteenth-century historians as an important measure of the progress of civilization. This book discusses this topic in connection with the mainstream religious, political, and philosophical elements of Enlightenment culture. It considers works by figures that include Edward Gibbon, Voltaire, Herder, Vico, Raynal, Hume, Adam Smith and William Robertson. It also discusses many classical, medieval, and early modern sources which influenced Enlightenment historiography, as well as eighteenth-century attitudes toward nature.
Subject Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Europe -- Historiography.
Nature -- Religious aspects -- Historiography.
Philosophy of nature -- Europe -- Historiography.
Progress -- Social aspects -- Europe -- Historiography.
Environmental ethics -- Europe -- Historiography.
Enlightenment -- Europe -- Historiography.
Europe -- Civilization -- Philosophy -- Historiography.
Europe -- Intellectual life -- 18th century -- Historiography.
ISBN 9781409421146 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781409421153 (ebook)