The Crisis of the European Mind
by Paul Hazard
The Enlightenment in America
by Henry May
The Enlightenment and the Intellectual Foundations of Modern Culture
by Louis Dupré
The Religious Enlightenment
by David Sorkin
Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750-1790
by Jonathan Israel
There are few 18th century French aristocrats with as much name recognition as the Marquis de Sade. His life was an eventful one and his books remain shocking. Will McMorran, Sade’s translator, reflects on the man, his life and his literary works. He recommends the best books by or about the Marquis de Sade.
English Society 1660-1832
by Jonathan Clark
The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1715-1754
by Romney Sedgwick ed.
Jacobitism and the English People, 1688-1788
by Paul Monod
1715: The Great Jacobite Rebellion
by Daniel Szechi
France and the Jacobite Rising of 1745
by Frank McLynn
The failure of the Stuarts to win back the English or Scottish throne changed the course of history, enabling the buildup of a highly centralized British state and, possibly, America’s war for independence. Murray Pittock chooses the best books on Jacobitism, the 18th century phenomenon that nearly overthrew the British government.
Immanuel Kant was born in Königsberg, lived in Königsberg, and never travelled very far from Königsberg—but his mind ranged across vast territories, says Oxford philosophy professor, Adrian Moore. He selects five key texts for coming to grips with the work of “the greatest philosopher of all time.”
The roots of our (generally) open attitude to sex lie not in the sixties but the 1760s, says the historian and author of The Origins of Sex, who explores this earlier sexual revolution through its literature