Clear and Present Danger podcast – Episode 28: Writing on human skin – enlightened despotism, part I, Russia

The Enlightenment’s emphasis on science, progress, tolerance and rationality attracted not only philosophers — even absolute monarchs dreamt of “Enlightenment Now.” But how do you incorporate the enlightenment’s revelations without undermining the traditions and ideas that legitimate absolute rule in the first place? Fortunately for Europe’s modernizing rulers, some of the continent’s most prominent 18th … Continue reading Clear and Present Danger podcast – Episode 28: Writing on human skin – enlightened despotism, part I, Russia