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Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France

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ISBN 9780674569515

Publication Date: 01/01/1986

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232 pages

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Early in 1788, Franz Anton Mesmer, a Viennese physician, arrived in Paris and began to promulgate a somewhat exotic theory of healing that almost immediately seized the imagination of the general populace. Robert Darnton, in his lively study of mesmerism and its relation to eighteenth-century radical political thought and popular scientific notions, provides a useful contribution to the study of popular culture and the manner in which ideas are diffused down through various social levels.

Awards & Accolades

  • Robert Darnton Is a 2011 National Humanities Medal Winner
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