About This Journal
1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era began in the early 1990s as part of an effort to understand the long process of modernization: to investigate and interpret the roughly two centuries between the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Victorian era that encompassed the transition to modernity. When this journal was conceived, many academic periodicals published research on segments of this long interval, whether the Restoration or the French Enlightenment or the early Romantic poets. 1650-1850 began publication in the hope of probing the whole modernization period by showcasing studies that either enriched our understanding of the entire era or that recovered aspects of this period that scholars had overlooked. It opened its pages to studies on a great variety of national and cultural traditions. Over the course of thirty years, 1650-1850 has continued to fulfill its mission by publishing essays and book reviews on both familiar, canonical writers and artists and on those less visible figures who support the large cultural mansion of the Enlightenment. Special features, suites of essays on unusual but resonating topics, have long been and will continue to be a hallmark of this exploratory journal.
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