El best-seller que cambió el mundo. Globalización, colonialismo y poder en el Siglo de las Luces
Author: Agustín Mackinlay
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Agustín Mackinlay
Release Date: November 06, 2011
This is the first biography of Abbe Raynal's monumental book, "Histoire philosophique et politique des Etablissements & du commerce des Européens dans les deux Indes", one of the most influential best-sellers of the eighteenth-century. In America, it was read, among others, by Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Paine, Madison and Rush. In South America, it inspired revolutionaries like Mariano Moreno and Simon Bolivar. The third edition, co-authored by Denis Diderot and pubished in Geneva in 1780, caused a scandal of such proportions that Raynal was forced into exile in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. The "Histoire philosophique" can be read as the key manifesto of what scholar Jonathan Israel has dubbed Radical Enlightenment, the school of thought that promoted the set of ideas that would eventually shape much of the Western political tradition: free trade, freedom of religion and thought, freedom of the press, representation, stable property rights, political checks and balances, judicial independence and equality before the law.