By Robert Darnton
George Washington used to be inaugurated as president in 1789 with one teeth in his mouth, a reduce left bicuspid. The "Father of His kingdom" had units of fake the teeth that have been made up of every thing yet wooden, from elephant ivory and walrus tusk to tooth of a fellow human. Darnton aargues that the Enlightenment had fake enamel additionally - that it was once no longer the "Father of the trendy World", answerable for all its advances and transgressions. In restoring the Enlightenment to a human scale, Darnton locates its genuine goals, goals and importance. So too with the French Revolution, one other icon of the 18th century, approached right here throughout the gossip, songs and broadsides that shaped the political anxious approach of Paris throughout the ancien regime. Figures that we predict we all know - Voltaire, Jefferson, Rousseau, Condorcet, even historians themselves emerge afresh in Darnton's arms, their energy, if no longer their tooth intact.
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Like many other Jacobins, he tried to redesign France in accordance with political theory. But he also smashed the bust of Helvetius in the Jacobin Club and railed against the Encyclopedists, reserving his praise for the one philosophe, Rousseau, who made a break with the Enlightenment and opened the way to Romanticism. Rousseau's notion of forcing men to be free by making them conform to the dictates of an organic General Will undercut the notions of liberty developed by the other philosophes.
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George Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century by Robert Darnton