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date: 21 July 2019

Enlightenment, The 

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
Matthew J. LauzonMatthew J. LAUZON

The Enlightenment, a philosophical movement in eighteenth-century Europe, rejected traditional social, religious, and political ideas and adopted rational thinking as a way to develop new theories accounting for human behavior and feelings. These new explanations were then applied to the social and political spheres, changing the way people viewed and thought about government, and directly influencing the development of the modern world. ...

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