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Authors

Movements

  • Melodrama: Topic Page
    J. J. Rousseau's melodrama Pygmalion (1762; first performed 1770) helped create a vogue for stage plays in which the action was generally romantic, full of violent action, and often characterized by the final triumph of virtue.
  • Enlightenment: Topic Page
    The scientific and intellectual developments of the 17th century fostered the belief in natural law and universal order and the confidence in human reason that spread to influence all of 18th-century society.
  • Rationalism: Topic Page
    In philosophy, a theory that holds that reason alone, unaided by experience, can arrive at basic truth regarding the world.

Regime Change

Works

  • Encyclopédie: Topic Page
    The work of the French Encyclopedists, or philosophes. The full title was Encyclopédie; ou, Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts, et des métiers.
  • Candide, ou l'Optisme
    From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide
    Satire by Voltaire, published in 1759.
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