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20080826A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

1/3. Geneva

Historian and Robespierre biographer Ruth Scurr visits Geneva to discover how three great thinkers interacted with the city.

In the 16th century, Calvin turned Geneva into the 'Protestant Rome'. In the 18th century, Rousseau and Voltaire clashed with each other here and their differing views of Geneva partly caused the feud.

A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

1/3. Geneva

Historian and Robespierre biographer Ruth Scurr visits Geneva to discover how three great thinkers interacted with the city.

In the 16th century, Calvin turned Geneva into the 'Protestant Rome'. In the 18th century, Rousseau and Voltaire clashed with each other here and their differing views of Geneva partly caused the feud.

"A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

1/3. Geneva

Historian and Robespierre biographer Ruth Scurr visits Geneva to discover how three great thinkers interacted with the city.

In the 16th century, Calvin turned Geneva into the 'Protestant Rome'. In the 18th century, Rousseau and Voltaire clashed with each other here and their differing views of Geneva partly caused the feud."

20080827MindMaps

A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

2/3. Manchester: Masters and Men

Chris Bowlby visits the Victorian cotton capital to discover how its buildings evoke the confident period when Manchester liberalism became the dominant ideology.

As the middle classes prospered, free trade and dissent achieved architectural, as well as social and political, status. Local luminaries, such as Halle, Mrs Gaskell and Engels, also decisively shaped the way later generations have thought about capitalism and how we consume culture today.

MindMaps

A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

2/3. Manchester: Masters and Men

Chris Bowlby visits the Victorian cotton capital to discover how its buildings evoke the confident period when Manchester liberalism became the dominant ideology.

As the middle classes prospered, free trade and dissent achieved architectural, as well as social and political, status. Local luminaries, such as Halle, Mrs Gaskell and Engels, also decisively shaped the way later generations have thought about capitalism and how we consume culture today.

"MindMaps

A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

2/3. Manchester: Masters and Men

Chris Bowlby visits the Victorian cotton capital to discover how its buildings evoke the confident period when Manchester liberalism became the dominant ideology.

As the middle classes prospered, free trade and dissent achieved architectural, as well as social and political, status. Local luminaries, such as Halle, Mrs Gaskell and Engels, also decisively shaped the way later generations have thought about capitalism and how we consume culture today."

20080829A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

3/3. Chicago: Factory of the Future

In series about how different cities have shaped our world, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto probes the relationship between leading economists and political thinkers at the University of Chicago in the 1950s, including Milton Friedman and Leo Strauss, and the city itself.

George Steiner and Richard Sennett recall the Chicago of the time, and we learn how the celebration of individualism by some Chicago intellectuals contrasts starkly with other aspects of life in the Windy City.

A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

3/3. Chicago: Factory of the Future

In series about how different cities have shaped our world, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto probes the relationship between leading economists and political thinkers at the University of Chicago in the 1950s, including Milton Friedman and Leo Strauss, and the city itself.

George Steiner and Richard Sennett recall the Chicago of the time, and we learn how the celebration of individualism by some Chicago intellectuals contrasts starkly with other aspects of life in the Windy City.

"A series examining the ferment of ideas generated in a single city.

3/3. Chicago: Factory of the Future

In series about how different cities have shaped our world, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto probes the relationship between leading economists and political thinkers at the University of Chicago in the 1950s, including Milton Friedman and Leo Strauss, and the city itself.

George Steiner and Richard Sennett recall the Chicago of the time, and we learn how the celebration of individualism by some Chicago intellectuals contrasts starkly with other aspects of life in the Windy City."