1: Definitions of Enlightenment 2: Pre-Enlightenment 3: Enlightenment ideas 4: Enlightening society 5: The politics of Enlightenment 6: The legacy of Enlightenment Further Reading Index
John Robertson has been Professor of the History of Political Thought at Cambridge since 2010. He covers the intellectual history of early modern and Enlightenment Europe, with particular interests in political and historical thought, and in the Enlightenment in Scotland and in Italy. His books include the comparative study The Case for the Enlightenment: Scotland and Naples 1680-1760 (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and he is now working on the uses of sacred history in political and social thought between 1650 and 1800. For many years he taught History at Oxford, as a University Lecturer in the Faculty of History and a Fellow of St Hugh's College, and he has held visiting appointments in Germany, the United States and, most recently in Paris.
For all its concision, [this book] manages to be both wide-ranging
and rigorious. In five compressed yet elegant chapters it
summarizes the current state of research while also adding a series
of important insights. * Times Literary Supplement *
the book does exactly what it says it will do * Chris Pierson, Political Studies Review *
This intelligently written and informative book is more than simply a "a very short introduction". John Robertson's book provides, although concisely, a thorough and original interpretation of the Enlightenment as both a historical phenomenon and a philosophical idea. * H-Albion *