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European Civilization, 1648-1945

Yale,, Fall 2008 , Prof. John Merriman

Updated On 02 Feb, 19

Overview

Introduction - Absolutism and the State - Dutch and British Exceptionalism - Peter the Great - The Enlightenment and the Public Sphere - Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution - Napoleon - Industrial Revolutions - Middle Classes - Popular Protest - Why no Revolution in 1848 in Britain - Nineteenth-Century Cities - Nationalism - Radicals - Imperialists and Boy Scouts - The Coming of the Great War - War in the Trenches - Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning (Guest Lecture by Jay Winters) - The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution - Successor States of Eastern Europe - Stalinism - Fascists - Collaboration and Resistance in World War II - The Collapse of Communism and Global Challenges

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Lecture 5: The Enlightenment and the Public Sphere

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Lecture Details

European Civilization, 1648-1945 (HIST 202)While the major philosophical projects of the Enlightenment are associated with the names of individual thinkers such as Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Voltaire, the cultural transformation in France in the years leading up to the Revolution should also be understood in the context of the public sphere and popular press. Alongside such luminaries as those associated with Diderots Encyclop├ędie were a host of lesser pamphleteers and libellists eager for fame and some degree of fortune. If the writings of this latter group were typically vulgar and bereft of literary merit, they nonetheless contributed to the "desacralization" of monarchy in the eyes of the growing literate public. Lawyers briefs, scandal sheets and pornographic novels all played a role in robbing the monarchy of its claim to sacred authority at the same time as they helped advance the critique of despotism that would serve as a major impetus for the Revolution.0000 - Chapter 1. Six Ways That the Enlightenment Mattered 0552 - Chapter 2. The Spread of Enlightenment Thinking through the Public Sphere Academies, Masonic Lodges, and Salons 1258 - Chapter 3. The Enlightenment among the Grub Street Hacks2305 - Chapter 4. Desacralization of the French Monarchy 2743 - Chapter 5. Legal Briefs on the Despotism of the Monarchy The Law as a New Source of Sovereignty3641 - Chapter 6. Sensational Royal Affairs The Erosion of Monarchical Prestige Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educoursesThis course was recorded in Fall 2008.

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Sam

Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.

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Great course. Thank you very much.

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