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Jonathan I. Israel

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206088.001.0001

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Anglomania: The ‘Triumph’ of Newton and Locke

Anglomania: The ‘Triumph’ of Newton and Locke

(p.515) 27 Anglomania: The ‘Triumph’ of Newton and Locke
Radical Enlightenment

Jonathan I. Israel

Oxford University Press

One of the best known and most striking features of the Early Enlightenment is a cultural and intellectual movement which swept the continent from France to Russia, and Scandinavia to Sicily, in the 1730s and 1740s. This was the so-called anglomanie of the 18th century — a near universal fashion for English ideas, influences, and styles. Suddenly, virtually everything English was in demand in Europe. For the first time, English poetry and plays were widely studied. English grammars and dictionaries, rare in the past, became commonplace. British constitutional monarchy began to be widely admired. Above all, Newton and Locke were almost everywhere eulogized and lionized.

Keywords:   Early Enlightenment, anglomanie, Newton, Locke

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