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Review Of Enlightenment: Britain And The Creation Of The Modern World Written By Roy Porter

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In the book, Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World written by Roy Porter, he explains how Britain was affected by the enlightenment in a social, economic and cultural way. Porter's discussion of the British enlightenment shows just how important this era was, and that is often played down in the history of the enlightenment; due to other more significant and well known industrial revolution, like the one in the States. The essence of Porter's argument is that Britain did, in fact, have an enlightenment as vibrant and relevant as those more studied enlightenments in France or the rest of Europe, but that started earlier with ideas that influenced freedom, toleration, ...view middle of the document...

In the second part of the book, Porter studies the results of enlightenment in 18th century Britain, taking into consideration parts of Scotland and Ireland, that’s why when you read through the book he sometimes refers to this era as the British Enlightenment or the English Enlightenment. He states that the way that women lived did not worsen but it actually improved. Porter cites observations of foreign visitors who noted the comparative freedom of women in Britain from those in their countries. Also, he emphasizes the amount of importance that the British intellectuals placed on education as a matter for improvement, predicting arguments like those that Mill, a 19th century liberal, made.
We realize now that the American colonies weren’t giving Britain much of a profit, so when the American revolted against Britain and started with their revolution from the motherland it helped people back home, Britain, to radicalize the enlightenment way of thinking since across the Atlantic their own British natives were acting up for reforms and a new, “enlighten” way of doing things. This could also be said with the French Revolution, the people from France got tired of the way that things were going that they revolted from the absolutism of the monarch. The initial stages of the French...

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