Rousseau and Revolution
Will Durant, Ariel Durant

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 2 days, 9 hours and 21 minutes

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning volume on European civilization by acclaimed historians Will and Ariel Durant

Rousseau and Revolution, the tenth volume of the Story of Civilization, ranges over a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel—philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse toward self-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe. Rousseau condemned civilization as a disease, glorified the noble savage, proclaimed to the world with equal intensity his own love affairs and the natural rights of man, and became the patron saint of the revolution and the worldwide social upheavals of two centuries.


General and world history, Social and cultural history, General and world history, Philosophy

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