Enlightening the World

Encyclopedie, the Book That Changed the Course of History

By Philipp Blom
(Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9781403968951, 372pp.)

Publication Date: May 2005

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In 1777 several of the world's greatest men gathered together to create a book that would champion rationalism, free thinking, and secularism--the "Encyclopedie." Such leading minds as Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire conceived of a work that would tear down the social order dominated by the Crown and Church, a brave act at a time when heresy could still be punished by death. During the years it took to produce all twenty-seven volumes, the writers faced exile, jail, and censorship. But when they were done, they had created a book that would provide the foundation for the Enlightenment and change the world forever. Novelist and historian Philipp Blom presents the story behind the sixteen-year struggle to create the "Encyclopedie," the men who wrote it, the powerful forces that tried to suppress it, and the tremendous impact it had on the world.




About the Author
Philipp Blom is a journalist, translator, novelist, and historian. He is author of "To Have and To Hold" and writes regularly for the "Times Literary Supplement" and "The Daily Telegraph." He lives in Paris.
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