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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment /
editor, Michel Delon ; adviser to the English language edition, Philip Stewart ; translation editor, Gwen Wells.
imprint
Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
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2 v.
ISBN
157958246X (set)
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Book
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Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
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157958246X (set)
catalogue key
4612407
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-06-01:
A translation of Dictionnaire europeen des Lumieres, ed. by Michel Delon (Paris, 1997), this encyclopedia brings an important perspective to the growing array of reference works on the Enlightenment. Avoiding chronological or geographical definitions, it adopts an international, interdisciplinary approach, though a French bias is sometimes apparent. It focuses primarily on concepts, bringing to bear recent advances in scholarship and new geographic and disciplinary approaches. A web of interrelated articles comprises principal essays on the countries and cultural regions where the Enlightenment flourished and on the major fields of intellectual activity. Shorter articles treat cultural institutions and categories ("Salons," "Conversation"). A third tier treats anthropological categories ("Body," "Love," "Work"). Topics range from the expected to the surprising, "Ballooning" and "Garden" to "Volcano" and "Words, Abuse of." Signed articles are enhanced by cross-references and updated bibliographies. A general bibliography cites sources common to many articles, key research tools, and major journals in the field. This work complements the recent The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, by Peter Hanns Reill and Ellen Judy Wilson (CH, Nov'96), and The Blackwell Companion to the Enlightenment, by John W. Yolton et al. (CH, Nov'92), which combine biographical, factual, and conceptual entries. All collections. S. F. Roberts Yale University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-02-15:
This attractively designed and well-formatted encyclopedia is a translation of the 1997 Dictionnaire europen des Lumires, edited by the noted French cultural historian Delon. Delon observes that the term Enlightenment simultaneously denotes an intellectual movement, the period in which this movement came to the fore, the issues we have inherited from it, and a system of values that still stirs debate. In this two-volume set, an international (though primarily French) group of scholars explore concepts and subjects related to these various denotations. There are no separate biographies; instead, articles present an overview under several rubrics: country (e.g., Germany), cultural (e.g., astronomy, libraries, salons, coffeehouses), aesthetic (e.g., baroque, grotesque), anthropological (e.g., love, work, children, surgery), and descriptive (e.g., night, reverie, gas). The text emphasizes the Enlightenment on the Continent, reflecting current interests and trends in European research, and bibliographical references at the end of most articles emphasize European-language materials. The writing throughout is clear, the translations flow smoothly, and each essay can stand alone. A system of cross references provides further guidance, and a well-organized index leads to biographical and other embedded information. Written in the grand tradition of the five-volume Dictionary of the History of Ideas (LJ 11/1/73. o.p.), this encyclopedia is a major contribution to reference literature. Though it should be supplemented in libraries by other compendia such as the more fact-oriented and biographical one-volume Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (Facts On File, 1996), it will provide useful and thought-provoking material for students and researchers for years to come. For all academic and large public libraries. Barbara Walden, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Madison (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This two-volume collection contains more than 350 signed entries covering topics central to the philisophical and historical period of the Enlightenment from its beginnings in the late 17th century through to its final stages in the mid-19th century.
Main Description
This acclaimed translation of Michel Delon'sDictionnaire Européen des Lumièrescontains more than 350 signed entries covering the art, economics, science, history, philosophy, and religion of the Enlightenment. Delon's team of more than 200 experts from around the world offers a unique perspective on the period, providing offering not only factual information but also critical opinions that give the reader a deeper level of understanding. An international team of translators, editors, and advisers, under the auspices of the French Ministry of Culture, has brought this collection of scholarship to the English-speaking world for the first time.
Unpaid Annotation
Fitzroy Dearborn is pleased to announce the first in its new series of the best of contemporary French reference book translated into English.The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, a translation of Michel Delon's highly acclaimed Dictionnaire europeen des Lumieres, contains more than 350 signed entries covering topics central to the philosophical and historical period of the Enlightenment, from its beginnings in the late 17th century through its final stages in the mid-19th century. Developments in art, economics, history, philosophy, and religion, as well as in technical and scientific fields, are presented.Delon's team of more than 200 experts from around the world offer a unique perspective on the period, including not only factual information but also -- in the spirit of Diderot's Encyclopedie -- critical opinions that take a reader's understanding of the Enlightenment to a more profound level. An international team of translators editors and adviser advisers, under the auspices of Fitzroy Dearborn, has brought this massive collection of Enlightenment scholarships to the English-speaking world for the first time.
Unpaid Annotation
The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment contains more than 350 signed entries covering topics central to the philosophical and historical period of the Enlightenment, from its beginnings in the late seventeenth century through to its final stages.

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