Thursday, 7 January 2010

Civilisation 10: The Smile of Reason: 1


“The Smile of Reason” explores the period from the enlightenment to the English, American and French and industrial revolutions and the rise of republicanism. Kenneth Clark traces the ideological journey which led from the great palaces at Blenheim and Versailles to Jefferson's Monticello.

 We begin this episode with the Enlightenment and the philosopher Voltaire.  Clark observes that "although the victory of reason and tolerance was won in France, it was initiated in England" (Clark, 1969 p. 246)

Clark, K (1969) Civilisation: A personal view, London: BBC/J. Murray

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