Belief and Politics in Enlightenment France
Essays in Honor of Dale K. Van Kley
Edited by Mita Choudhury and Daniel J. Watkins
In different ways, each essay challenges the idea of an inherent opposition between faith and Enlightenment, which likewise equates modernity with secularization. The authors within this volume address two main questions. Firstly, how did religious belief continue to shape identities and experiences in the long eighteenth century? Secondly, how does this narrative of enduring religious belief in eighteenth-century France help historians rethink the Enlightenment and the French Revolution?
The various methodologies used by the contributors illustrate how belief, Enlightenment, and Revolution coexisted and indeed co-mingled in different contexts: politics and political culture, the social and cultural history of ideas, and the history of material culture.
Daniel J. Watkins is assistant professor of History at Baylor University. His research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of eighteenth-century France and the Catholic Church.
Mita Choudhury is professor of History at Vassar College. Her publications have focused on eighteenth-century French politics, religion, and gender.
Size: 234 × 156 mm
Copyright: © 2019
Publication: February 28, 2019
Series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2019:02