Oxford Electronic Enlightenment

Electronic Enlightenment brings the past to life by offering unrivalled access to the web of correspondence between the greatest thinkers of the 18th century. Students can eavesdrop on politicians and philosophers, engineers and explorers, clockmakers and colonists, and scientists and musicians in over 54,000 letters from nearly 6,000 writers, including Bentham, Defoe, Hobbes, Kant, Locke, Pope, Rousseau, Smith, and Voltaire.

  • Cross-search letters from more than 5,000 writers, scientists, philosophers, politicians, political thinkers and others, including Addison, Bentham, Boswell, Boyle, Catherine the Great, Mme du Châtelet, Defoe, Descartes, Ferguson, Flamsteed, Frederick the Great, Gustavus III, Halley, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Locke, Muratori, Newton, Pendleton, Pope, Price, Richardson, Rousseau, Smith, Steele, Sterne, Swift, Mrs Thrale, and Voltaire
  • Explore correspondence of the First Federal Congress of the USA and the British Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Gain online access to over 75,000 letters from the best critical editions will be available by the end of 2007, from leading scholarly and university presses; including California, Cambridge, Delaware, Duke, Edinburgh, Georgia, Johns Hopkins, Meiner, Norstedts, Olschki, Oxford, Pickering & Chatto, Royal Historical Society, Toronto, Virginia Historical Society, and the Voltaire Foundation
  • Explore original language editions – includes letters in French, German and Italian as well as English
  • Get updated twice a year with further critical editions, including previously unpublished correspondence
  • Cross-search over 200,000 scholarly annotations
  • Enjoy access to expanding network of external links to other online resources – from Chambers' Cyclopaedia to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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