George Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - 208 páginas
George Washington was inaugurated as president in 1789 with one tooth in his mouth, a lower left bicuspid. The Father of His Country had sets of false teeth that were made of everything but wood, from elephant ivory and walrus tusk to the teeth of a fellow human. Darnton shows in this title that the Enlightenment had false teeth also - that it was not the Father of the Modern World, responsible for all its advances and transgressions. In restoring the Enlightenment to a human scale, Darnton locates its real aims, ambitions and significance. So too with the French Revolution, another icon of the 18th century, approached here through the gossip, songs and broadsides that formed the political nervous system of Paris during the ancien regime. Figures that we think we know - Voltaire, Jefferson, Rousseau, Condorcet, even historians themselves emerge afresh in Darnton's hands, their vitality, if not their teeth intact.
 

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While I agree that it is very unconventional, and therefore is all the more impressive in that it does tie together, I cannot maintain that it is in any way a guide to the eighteenth century. It is ... Leer comentario completo

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FALSE TEETH: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century

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An irresistible tour of 18th-century oddities and overviews."Everything about the 18th century was strange, once you examine it in detail," writes Princeton historian Darnton (The Forbidden ... Leer comentario completo

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THE CASE FOR THE ENLIGHTENMENT GEORGE WASHINGTONS FALSE TEETH
3
THE NEWS IN PARIS AN EARLY INFORMATION SOCIETY
25
THE UNITY OF EUROPE CULTURE AND POLITENESS
76
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS VOLTAIRE AND JEFFERSON
89
THE GREAT DIVIDE ROUSSEAU ON THE ROUTE TO VINCENNES
107
THE CRAZE FOR AMERICA CONDORCET AND BRISSOT
119
THE PURSUIT OF PROFIT ROUSSEAUISM ON THE BOURSE
137
THE SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET HOW HISTORIANS PLAY GOD
156
NOTES
175
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
189
INDEX
193
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