The Enlightenment in National Context

in Placing the Enlightenment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226904054
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226904078 | DOI:
The Enlightenment in National Context

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This chapter discusses issues associated with the Enlightenment, Enlightenments, the utility of “the national” as a scale of inquiry in geography; with the production, movement, and reception of Enlightenment; and with the local sites and spaces of Enlightenment. It looks at the national scale as one way—a prevalent yet problematic way—of thinking geographically about the Enlightenment. It also considers questions to do with national context and with the Enlightenment, using Roy Porter and Mikulás Teich's 1981 edited book as a guide of sorts. It examines the idea of an Enlightenment “core” and “periphery” with reference to Portugal and Spain, and to the Greek-speaking regions.

Keywords: Enlightenment; national context; geography; Roy Porter; Mikulás Teich; Portugal; Spain

Chapter.  7184 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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