Exploring European Frontiers

British Travellers in the Age of Enlightenment

  • Brian Dolan

About this book


The explorations of eighteenth-century travellers to the 'European frontiers' were often geared to define the cultural, political, and historical boundaries of 'European civilization.' In an age when political revolutions shocked nations into reassessing what separated the civilised from the barbaric, how did literary travellers contemplate the characteristics of their continental neighbours? Focusing on the writings of British travellers, we see how a new view of Europe was created, one that juxtaposed the customs and living conditions of populations in an attempt to define 'modern' Europe against a 'yet unenlightened' Europe.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Brian Dolan
    • 1
  1. 1.Wellcome Unit for the History of MedicineUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-41866-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28898-0
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