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Heroes and Villains of the Age of Enlightenment

The age of enlightenment brought ideas about liberty and the pursuit of reason to center-stage across the Western World. However, enlightenment ideals inspired despots and kings as well as philosophers and revolutionaries.

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Heroes and Villains of the Age of Enlightenment
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    The Age of Enlightenment: Enlightened Despots in the Absolutist Era

    The Age of Enlightenment: Enlightened Despots in the Absolutist Era

    Enlightened despots sought to embody the Platonic ideal of the philosopher-king. These rulers were highly educated and romanticized liberal theory. …

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