The Society of the Enlightenment

The Society of the Enlightenment : The Rise of the Middle Class and Enlightenment Culture in Germany

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This book is a comprehensive and engaging account of the society and culture of the German Enlightenment. Focusing on the social environment of ideas in Germany during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Van Dulmen chronicles the emergence and growth of the many different societies, clubs and associations of the Enlightenment - from language societies to the masonic lodges, from the reading circles to secret societies.

Van Dulmen shows how these new forms of organization provided an important focal point for the articulation of a great variety of interests. He argues that these various societies constituted a unified movement out of which, he suggests, emerged a bourgeois elite that was self-confident not only culturally, but also socially and politically.

This book would be of interest to students and researchers in European history, especially of the Early Modern period, historians of Enlightenment culture and society, and students and researchers in German studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 163 x 235 x 20mm | 506g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0745608159
  • 9780745608150

Table of contents

1. Enlightenment and Traditional Society in the Eighteenth Century.

2. Learned and Literary Societies in the Seventeenth Century.

3. The Republic of Scholars.

4. Association of 'Civilized' Men.

5. Clubs of the Enlightenment and Political Associations.

6. Societies of the Enlightenment as Media of Early Middle-class Culture.



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a Van Dulmena s stimulating book excels as a synthesis and it will have a wide appeal. The argumentation is clear and the writing is accessible.a Joachim Whaley, University of Cambridge a This book is an excellent synthesis which should gain an immediate place on every reading list on the Enlightenment and on eighteenth--century Germany.a British Journal for 18th Century Studies
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About Richard van Dülmen

Richard Van Dulmen is the author of
Theatre of Horror (Polity Press, 1990).
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