The Politics of Modernity

  • John Schwarzmantel
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Abstract

At the end of the eighteenth century, in the epoch opened up by the American and the French Revolutions, a new type of society emerged — civil society a term that will be explained more fully below. The period of modernity was the era of civil society, a society free from the grip of the old regime, an individualistic and liberal society that promised its members progress, freedom and happiness in this world rather than the next.

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© John Schwarzmantel 1998

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