Electronic Enlightenment


Queen’s students and staff have trail access to Electronic Enlightenment. Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.


This trial provides access to an unparalleled, multidisciplinary, evolving resource that brings the past to life, allowing the user to explore the relationships and the movement of ideas of the early modern period through its web of correspondences. Eavesdrop on the private conversations and thoughts of a wide range of figures such as Voltaire and Rousseau, and also the lesser-known, from bankers to booksellers, merchants to mathematicians, and scholars to servants.


  • 8,560 correspondents
  • 53 nationalities from Europe, Asia & the Americas
  • 777 occupations
  • 70,057 letters and documents
  • Information on 64,741 manuscript and 106,933 early edition sources
  • 319,778 scholarly annotations
  • 11 languages, including English, French, German & Italian
  • 1,476 links to and from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • External links to over 50 other online resources

Access ends on 03/08/2017. Access is available at the following URL:


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