Session 01: Enlightenment and Revolutions

Main Themes:

Enlightenment; Revolutions; Old Continent vs. New Colonies; Colonial Demands for Independence

Key Questions:

Which social and political developments were driving the human rights debates in France, England, and the American colonies during the 18th century?

Materials/Resources:

Inventing Human Rights, by Lynn Hunt (2007), Excerpts from Chapter 2, (attached pdf).

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