An Age of Reform?

  • Robert
  • Elborg Forster
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series


The degree of social penetration of the Enlightenment is very difficult to measure and appraise. Daniel Mornet in his brilliant, pioneering work on the intellectual origins of the French Revolution investigated the avenues of dissemination of ideas, ranging from reading clubs and academies to private libraries and village cahiers, and concluded that even peasants were influenced by some of the reformist ideas of the philosophes, especially those regarding public education and civil equality.


Eighteenth Century French Revolution Death Sentence Public Execution European Prison 
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    See Abraham Leon Sachar, A History of the Jews (New York, 1937), p. 249.Google Scholar

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  • Elborg Forster

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