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The famous clash between Edmund Burke and Tom Paine over the Enlightenment’s “evil” or “liberating” potential in the French Revolution finds present-day parallels in the battle between those who see the Enlightenment at the origins of modernity’s many ills, such as imperialism, racism, misogyny, and totalitarianism, and those who see it as having forged an age of democracy, human rights, and freedom. The essays collected by Charles Walton in Into Print paint a more complicated picture. By focusing on print culture—the production, circulation, and reception of Enlightenment thought—they show how the Enlightenment was shaped through practice and reshaped over time. These essays expand upon an approach to the study of the Enlightenment pioneered four decades ago: the social history of ideas. The contributors to Into Print examine how writers, printers, booksellers, regulators, police, readers, rumormongers, policy makers, diplomats, and sovereigns all struggled over that broad range of ideas and values that we now associate with the Enlightenment. They reveal the financial and fiscal stakes of the Enlightenment print industry and, in turn, how Enlightenment ideas shaped that industry during an age of expanding readership. They probe the limits of Enlightenment universalism, showing how demands for religious tolerance clashed with the demands of science and nationalism. They examine the transnational flow of Enlightenment ideas and opinions, exploring its domestic and diplomatic implications. Finally, they show how the culture of the Enlightenment figured in the outbreak and course of the French Revolution. Aside from the editor, the contributors are David A. Bell, Roger Chartier, Tabetha Ewing, Jeffrey Freedman, Carla Hesse, Thomas M. Luckett, Sarah Maza, Renato Pasta, Thierry Rigogne, Leonard N. Rosenband, Shanti Singham, and Will Slauter.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xviii
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  1. Un garçon plein d'esprit mais extrémement dangereux: The Darnton subversion
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Part I: Making News
  2. p. 13
  1. Chapter 1: A Trojan Horse in Parliament: International Publicity in the Age of the American Revolution
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. Chapter 2: "The Bastard Child of a Noble House": Détective and Middle-Class Culture in Interwar France
  2. pp. 32-49
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  1. Part II: Print, Paper, Markets, and States
  2. pp. 51-97
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  1. Chapter 3: Who Were the Booksellers and Printers of Eighteenth-Century France?
  2. pp. 53-70
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  1. Chapter 4: Making the Fair Trader: Papermaking, the Excise, and the English State, 1700–1815
  2. pp. 71-81
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  1. Chapter 5: Commerce with Books: Reading Practices and Book Diffusion at the Habsburg Court in Florence (1765–1790)
  2. pp. 82-97
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  1. Part III: Police and Opinion
  2. pp. 99-127
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  1. Chapter 6: Invasion of Lorient: Rumor, Public Opinion, and Foreign Politics in 1740s Paris
  2. pp. 101-112
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  1. Chapter 7: Book Seizures and the Politics of Repression in Paris,1787–1789
  2. pp. 113-127
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  1. Part IV: Enlightenment in Revolution
  2. pp. 129-174
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  1. Chapter 8: A Grub Street Hack Goes to War
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. Chapter 9: Reading In Extremis: Revolutionaries Respond to Rousseau
  2. pp. 145-157
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  1. Chapter 10: Les graines de la discorde: Print, Public Spirit, and Free Market Politics in the French Revolution
  2. pp. 158-174
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  1. Part V: Enlightenment Universalism and Cultural Difference
  2. pp. 175-215
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  1. Chapter 11: The Limits of Tolerance: Jews, the Enlightenment, and the Fear of Premature Burial
  2. pp. 177-197
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  1. Photo of Robert Darnton
  2. p. 216
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  1. Appendix: Publications by Darnton
  2. pp. 217-231
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 233-235
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271052373
Related ISBN
9780271050126
MARC Record
OCLC
809317618
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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