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Titel: The Enlightenment and the Origins of European Australia
Autor/en: John Gascoigne

ISBN: 0521617219
EAN: 9780521617215
Sprache: Englisch.
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR

Mai 2005 - kartoniert - 248 Seiten

Beschreibung

This book surveys some of the key intellectual influences in the formation of Australian society by emphasizing the impact of the Enlightenment, with its commitment to rational inquiry and progress. The first part analyzes the political and religious background of the period from the First Fleet (1788) to the mid-nineteenth century. The second demonstrates the pervasiveness of ideas of improvement across a range of human endeavors, from agriculture to education, penal discipline and race relations. Throughout, the book highlights the extent to which developments in Australia can be compared with those in Britain and the U.S.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

List of illustrations; Abbreviations; Preface and Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I. Contexts: 2. Religion; 3. Politics; Part II. The Possibilities of Improvement: 4. The earth and its fruits; 5. Science and the land; 6. Cultivation of the mind; 7. Of crimes and punishments; 8. Race and the limits of 'improvement'; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Portrait

John Gascoigne is Associate Professor, School of History, University of New South Wales, Sydney and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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'Gascoigne's book, which is exhaustively researched and gracefully written, investigates the systems of thought that provided the basis for political and social order in a society as bastard as a convict settlement. It is a masterly study of how the ideas of Locke, Bentham and Paine suffused the institutions of the colony.' London Review of Books 'What makes Gascoigne's book such a useful and ... enlightening work is his bringing together of all the important themes and issues that dominated colonial society and demonstrating the important role the Enlightenment had to play in them ... provides an excellent insight into the intellectual underpinnings of colonial society.' Journal of Australian Colonial History 'This is a good book: informative, well researched and eminently readable.' Journal for Maritime Research
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