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-''[[Robert Darnton and the historiography of the Enlightenment]]''+:''[[Robert Darnton and the historiography of the Enlightenment]]''
-More than any other, however it is [[Robert Darnton]] who most radically changed Enlightenment historiography. Consider, for example, the following citation from ''[[The Literary Underground of the Old Regime]]'' (1982): +''[[The Business of Enlightenment. A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie 1775-1800]]'' is a book by [[Robert Darnton]] on the publishing history of the ''[[Encyclopédie]]'' and examines the [[social conditions]] that brought about the production of the ''[[Encyclopédie]]''.
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-“Perhaps the Enlightenment was a more [[down-to-earth]] affair than the rarefied climate of opinion described by textbook writers, and we should question the overly highbrow, overly metaphysical view of intellectual life in the eighteenth century.+
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-Indeed, in ''[[The Literary Underground of the Old Regime]]'' book, Darnton examines the [[underbelly]] of the [[French book industry]] in the eighteenth century, examining the world of book smuggling and the lives of those writers (the “Grub Street Hacks”) who never met the success of their ''[[philosophe]]'' cousins. In short, rather than concerning himself with Enlightenment canon, Darnton studies “what Frenchmen wanted to read”, and who wrote, published and distributed it. Similarly, in ''[[The Business of Enlightenment. A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie 1775-1800]]'', Darnton states that there is no need to further study the encyclopedia itself, as “the book has been analyzed and anthologized dozen of times: to recapitulate all the studies of its intellectual content would be redundant”. He instead, as the title of the book suggests, examines the social conditions that brought about the production of the ''[[Encyclopédie]]''. This is representative of the social interpretation as a whole – an examination of the social conditions that brought about Enlightenment ideas rather than a study of the ideas themselves.+
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The Business of Enlightenment. A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie 1775-1800 is a book by Robert Darnton on the publishing history of the Encyclopédie and examines the social conditions that brought about the production of the Encyclopédie.




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