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By Robert Darnton
George Washington was once inaugurated as president in 1789 with one enamel in his mouth, a reduce left bicuspid. The "Father of His kingdom" had units of fake enamel that have been made up of every thing yet wooden, from elephant ivory and walrus tusk to tooth of a fellow human. Darnton aargues that the Enlightenment had fake tooth additionally - that it was once no longer the "Father of the trendy World", liable for all its advances and transgressions. In restoring the Enlightenment to a human scale, Darnton locates its actual goals, pursuits and value. So too with the French Revolution, one other icon of the 18th century, approached the following in the course of the gossip, songs and broadsides that shaped the political fearful approach of Paris in the course of the ancien regime. Figures that we expect we all know - Voltaire, Jefferson, Rousseau, Condorcet, even historians themselves emerge afresh in Darnton's arms, their power, if now not their tooth intact.