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Margaret Jacob

Margaret Jacob is Distinguished Professor of History at UCLA.

Radical Enlightenment

Margaret Jacob, 8 November 2012

Once primarily interested in economic history, Jonathan Israel has more recently turned his attention to the intellectual roots of Western modernity in the 18th-century Enlightenment. In the 1980s, critics on the left would have told him not to bother. During that decade the Enlightenment became a prime target in the American culture wars. Postmodernists found it masculine, universalist and...

More Pasts Than One

Eric Foner, 23 March 1995

Rarely has the study and teaching of history been the subject of such intense public debate as in the United States today. While America’s now-famous ‘culture wars’ originated...

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Counter-Factuals

Linda Colley, 1 November 1984

Just the place for a snark, the Bellman said. And with equal assurance, political activists from Tom Paine to Friedrich Engels and historians from Elie Halévy to Edward Thompson have hailed...

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