It is almost impossible to encapsulate briefly the range and variety contained in Roy Porter's major new book.
For generations the focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution. Porter certainly acknowledges France's importance, but makes an overwhelming, fascinating case for considering Britain the true home of modernity - a country driven by an exuberance, diversity and power of invention comparable only to twentieth-century America.
As an introduction to a uniquely appealing world, 'Enlightenment' could not be bettered and as an argument for Britain's central importance in catapulting the world into the modern era (for better and for worse) it is both compelling and entertaining.
- Publication Date:
- 30 / 01 / 2002
- 129 x 198mm