Enlightenment and the Republic of Letters in Eighteenth-Century France
By (author) L. W. B. Brockliss
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Calvet's Web by L. W. B. Brockliss
Book DescriptionCalvet's Web is a study of the correspondence network of an Avignon physician in the period 1750-1810. Esprit Calvet was an antiquarian, natural historian, and bibliophile, and was at the centre of a circle of like-minded intellectuals from various backgrounds, chiefly based in the Rhone valley. Laurence Brockliss explores for the first time in detail the intellectual interests and relationships of a representative sample of the French Republic of Letters. He traces the destruction of the Republic during the Revolution, and its reconstruction, in different guise, under Napoleon. Calvet's Web is an important contribution to our understanding of the social construction of knowledge, the history of collecting, and the history of the book. In addition, by examining the circle's attitude to the philosophes and their programme of material and moral progress, it offers a new picture of the relationship between the Republic of Letters and the Enlightenment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199247486
(241mm x 164mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - L. W. B. Brockliss
Laurence Brockliss is a Reader in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford.
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