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Cabinets de lecture

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

In the eighteenth century, literary societies (cabinets de lecture, Lesegesellschaften) occupied a central position in several crucial social developments. In countries where the...

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enthusiasm

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) — Philosophy.

Term used pejoratively, especially in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, for irrational and disturbed states of religious fervour, especially as found among Puritans, evangelicals,...

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Politeness

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

The complex term politeness (French, politesse) helped to shape the social practices of the Enlightenment while articulating the Enlightenment's sense of itself. Long before the eighteenth...

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Tales

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

Among the many literary genres associated with the Enlightenment, tales hold a prominent place. Fairy tales, Oriental tales, and philosophical tales are some of the best-known and most...

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