Rousseau and Revolution
A History of Civilization in France, England, and Germany from 1756, and in the Remainder of Europe from 1715 to 1789
The Story of Civilization: Book #10
The PulitzerPrize–winning volume on European civilization by acclaimed historians Will andAriel Durant
Rousseau and Revolution, the tenth volume of the Story of Civilization, rangesover a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel—philosopherJean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse towardself-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe. Rousseau condemned civilization as a disease,glorified the noble savage, proclaimed to the world with equal intensity hisown love affairs and the natural rights of man, and became the patron saint ofthe revolution and the worldwide social upheavals of two centuries.
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