By Nathaniel Wolloch
The mastery of nature used to be seen by means of eighteenth-century historians as a tremendous degree of the development of civilization. glossy scholarship has hitherto taken inadequate become aware of of this crucial suggestion. This booklet discusses the subject in reference to the mainstream non secular, political, and philosophical components of Enlightenment tradition. It considers works through Edward Gibbon, Voltaire, Herder, Vico, Raynal, Hume, Adam Smith, William Robertson, and quite a lot of lesser- and better-known figures. It additionally discusses many classical, medieval, and early smooth resources which encouraged Enlightenment historiography, in addition to eighteenth-century attitudes towards nature more often than not.