Since so many will be dashing out to partake in the ritual of “Black Friday” today will be a mish mash of posts since readership will be down…..
AS always…I like history….so why not start the days of wine and candles before the Christmas break with a little history….a little education is my gift to you….
Why not start with that other revolution….the one in France?
Shadows of Revolution concerns itself not with predicting the future but with clarifying the past and the understanding the present.
David Bell opens one section of his new collection of essays by quoting from the diaries of the great nineteenth-century French historian Jules Michelet: “It is you that I beg for help, O my noble country,” Michelet wrote, hoping that France would be able to replace the importance that “extinguished Christianity” once held in modern life.
It would be difficult to find a more appropriate summary of the global transformations ushered in by the Enlightenment and the French Revolution than this: a Romantic-era French intellectual recognizing the power of nationalism to replace religion as the social force that inspires mass human behavior.
Now do you feel smarter? you are welcome.