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The Oglethorpe Plan: Enlightenment Design in Savannah and Beyond: Book by Thomas D Wilson

The Oglethorpe Plan: Enlightenment Design in Savannah and Beyond

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ISBN: 9780813936628    Publisher: University of Virginia Press Year of publishing: 1970     Format:  Paperback / softback No of Pages: 272 pp        
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To make the familiar unfamiliar is one of the most powerful acts of a historian and Wilson does this. His carefully researched story describes both Oglethorpe's contribution to the Enlightenment...Read more
To make the familiar unfamiliar is one of the most powerful acts of a historian and Wilson does this. His carefully researched story describes both Oglethorpe's contribution to the Enlightenment and the rich intellec- tual context for both the idea's initial generation and its manifestation in Georgia. Wilson successfully chal- lenges the "static portrayal of Oglethorpe's role in his- tory " and is able to persuasively argue for his contribu- tions to "social reform, political theory, and town plan- ning" (p. 1).The description of Oglethorpe's efforts to create social equity through physical design remains rel- evant today. In addition, Wilson's careful analysis points to a frequent misrepresentation of the plan as infinitely expandable, demonstrating instead that there is an ideal scale at which the plan as a whole is optimal.--Thaisa Way "H-Environment
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