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Nelson Modern History: The Enlightenment

By | Copyright Year:2015 | ISBN-13: 9780170243988

The Enlightenment has been developed for senior secondary students of History and is part of the Nelson Modern History series. Each book in the series is based on the understanding that History is an interpretive study of the past by which students also come to better appreciate the making of the modern world. Developing understandings of the past and present in senior History extends on the skills learnt in earlier years. Students will use historical skills, including research, evaluation, synthesis, analysis and communication. They will rely on their knowledge of the historical concepts such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, empathy, perspectives and contestability, to understand and interpret societies from the past. The activities and tasks have been written to ensure that students develop the skills and attributes required for senior History subjects.

The Enlightenment, is an intellectual and cultural movement in 18th century Europe and North America. This title introduces students to the key ideas of the Enlightenment, such as rationality and natural rights, and figures and groups that encouraged the development and spread of these ideas. The text uses a wide range visual and text sources, as well as diagrams, to outline the emergence of the Enlightenment in France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. Having identified the nature of Enlightenment ideas the author then explores it's political implications in France and Britain's American colonies, it's impact on Russia and its continuing relevance in the modern world.

Series Editor, Tony Taylor is the past Director of the National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and the National Centre for History Education. From 2006 to 2010 he was a senior consultant to federal government bodies responsible for the development of Australian Curriculum History, while researching and publishing extensively in various topics in education and History.


About the series
Series editor acknowledgements
Author acknowledgements


What was the Enlightenment?

Who were the main thinkers of the
Enlightenment in France?

The Enlightenment beyond France

Responding to the Enlightenment

What were the effects of the



Dr Michael Adcock is a cultural historian and is currently Head of Humanities at Melbourne Grammar School. He is a generous supporter of many teachers and students of Revolutions in Victoria, having presented at countless conferences and contributed to numerous junior and secondary textbooks.


The Nelson Modern History series is an extensive suite of full colour topic books developed for Australian senior students. Each title draws on recent scholarship, historiography and history specific pedagogy to ensure relevance and teachability. Providing flexibility for schools and students, Nelson Modern History is the up to date and relevant history education solution for senior students

The front cover of each title features a line drawing associated with the topic. Functioning as a topic starter, this iconic image is unpacked with a photograph and commentary with a link to a key individual and an illustrated timeline

The introduction to each book includes a brief overview of the topic and a handy reference sequence that includes profiles of major figures and organisations, definitions of key concepts and summaries of major documents

Each Chapter is structured around inquiry questions and includes age appropriate language, recent research in the field, diagrams, maps and illustrations, discussions of historians and schools of interpretation and biographical profiles that incorporate activities

Chapters close with a topic summary, suggestions for further reading and review activities that consolidate content knowledge and build historical skills

Each title closes with a brief summation and a set of activities that encourage students to draw on their learning and reflect on the topic as a whole.