The Enlightenment is one of my favorite events in all of history! It was a time for intellectual ideas to flourish and become more tolerant. The Enlightenment Thought and Inquiry document was full of information regarding to this time. First, they spoke about what the Enlightenment was and highlighted a few key people: John Locke, Voltaire, and Rousseau. This page also talked about the visual arts and how Neoclassical ideas were practiced in art and architecture; these ideas promoted nationalism and patriotism (EurEnlightenmentThroughtInquiry). Literature and philosophy was the main area where the Enlightenment was focused. The downfall in the Enlightenment era was that women were seen as less intelligent than men; which caused an uproar and constant questioning of the woman’s being. The Enlightenment included a time called the “Age of Reason.” Where science was seen as capable of answering all questions and examining all parts of life (EurEnlightenmentThoughtInquiry). This era was important for western civilization because it allowed more freedom in thoughts and opinions. People weren’t as scared to speak up and experience new ways of answering life’s questions. This was a time that allowed for the growth of the mind and the growth of idea and thought throughout European society.
The website about technology and the Enlightenment in Diderot’s Encyclopedia exhibit displays numerous pictures from the time. These pictures resemble important technological and artistic advances that were created during this time. The site consisted of Diderot’s work and explained how he impacted thought, art, and technology in this era. You can click on each individual picture, and it will become larger and include a brief description about the piece (Diderot’sEcncyclopedia). This site was helpful for gaining an insight to common tools and resources used during this time. This allows readers and learners to understand everyday tools, as well as, see what was seen as cool, new, and innovative. This relates to western civilization in the way that these advances provide evidence of growth and the way that the world was improving.
The “Enter the Dragon” website was one that was in a sort of slide show. This show was a series of pictures that pertained to British commercial enterprise. These pictures display what resources, tools, ideas, and things greatly impacted western life. Each picture came with a brief description explaining what each piece was, how it was utilized, and the significance it had. One cool artifact that I really liked was the Japanned Chest-on-Chest (chipstone.org). This was an English chest with a lacquered finish, done through the process, “japanning.” It was interesting to see other country’s ideas be practiced elsewhere.
On the “Of Elephants and Roses” site, there was information regarding France and their natural history. It speaks about how France was impacted by the Enlightenment. The site includes pictures and descriptions from two museums. The first being about the Paris Museum of Natural History with its Jardin des Plantes, and the second being Malmaison, which is Napoleon’s wife, Empress Josephine’s private garden (apsmuseum.org). Both of these museums provide plants and animals from around the globe that impacted scientific thought and knowledge. They also improved productivity in farming, helped the economy, and glorified France. There were different sections within the website, my favorite being the “Everything Giraffe” section. This section told a story about a baby giraffe who became a celebrity (apsmuseum.org)! This website provided insight into France’s history, as well as, speaking about how the Enlightenment affected France and how France affected the Enlightenment. This gives us a better insight into how the Enlightenment was so influential, to every nation. It shows the way that western civilization was effected by such an event.
Diderot's Encyclopedia Exhibit preview. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from https://libraries.mit.edu/exhibits/diderots-encyclopedia-exhibit-preview/
Elephants & Roses. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from http://www.apsmuseum.org/elephants-and-roses/
Enter the Dragon. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from http://www.chipstone.org/html/SpecialProjects/Dragon/01dragon.html
EurEnlightenmentThoughtInquiry_ch16.pdf. Instructor Commentary. Module 3. Retrieved on February 6, 2017.