Contrasting the enlightenments in the three nations himmelfarb demonstrates the primacy and wisdom of the british exemplified in such thinkers as adam smith david hume and edmund burke as well as the unique and enduring contributions of the american founders. The roads to modernity the british french and a keenly argued and thought provoking history of the british french and american enlightenments with an introduction by gordon brown and adorno who savage the enlightenmen and historians such as johnathan israel who essentially denies that there was a british enlightenment and the . A fascinating look at the british french and american enlightenments i found the account of the british enlightenment most interesting with its emphasis on social morality and explaining why the british are so passionate about compassion. The roads to modernity the british french and american enlightenments by gertrude himmelfarb 284 pp alfred a knopf 25 in 1995 william kristol published a manifesto like essay called the . The roads to modernity the british french and american enlightenments gertrude himmelfarb knopf doubleday publishing group dec 18 2007 history 304 pages
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