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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. When Sir Thomas More's "Utopia" was published anonyous in , it inspired generations of "Utopianists" to create their own ideal earthly states. During the early part of the 17th century several ambitious accounts of utopian societies were published, including "The City of the Sun" by Tommaso Campanella in , Sir Francis Bacon's "The New Atlantis" in , and this particular work, "Christianopolis" by Johann V.
Andreae in Like these other two works "Christianopolis" bears a strong resemblance to More's "Utopia" in many key regards. Andreae follows More's conceit in telling the story from the perspective of a narrator who is shipwrecked on a distant island, whose capital city is Christianopolis. Like Campanella and Bacon, Andreae places an emphasis on scientific experimentation as the means by which society can improve not only industry, but also health and the general living conditions of the people.
But more than any of these other early Utopian efforts, "Christianopolis" offers an idealized vision of a society predicated on equality. In this perfect state you not only have no private ownership of property and no need for money, but husbands sharing in cooking, washing dishes, and making clothes as well. Everyone shares in the work of the community, such as building houses and doing the harvesting, while each individual is primarily occupied in a trade for which they have displayed an aptitude.
The state provides all citizens with their houses, furniture, and food, although conditions are spartan rather than luxurious. Men are married at 24 and women at 18, with children staying in the care of their parents until they start school, at which point they are raised by the community. However, that is the extent of Andreae's effort at social engineering. While the element of religion is invested in everything throughout this work, which is not surprising given the title, Andreae spends a lot of time talking about developing industries and trade organizations.
Add to this the importance of scientific experimentation, represented by the great laboratory for the natural sciences, where scientists work on improving every aspect of life on the island.
In the exhibition hall the people can come and admire the advances in science and industry, as well as the great achievements in art. The end result is a "republic of workers, living in equality, desiring peace, and renoucning riches. Ultimately, the key thing from all of these other works is the importance that these writers from the Age of Reason place on using the latest methods of scientific experimentation to restructure the social order.
Any class looking at the history of Utopian literature will want to at least acknowledge their contributions. The book was bran new.
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J.V. Andreae. Christianopolis
Introduced and translated by Edward H. New York: Oxford University Press, an outstanding new translation and edition of one of the most important utopian authors of early modern times by Edward H. Thompson has appeared. Not only does Thompson provide a--as compared to Held--modernized translation with numerous explanatory notes and further references demonstrating a much higher degree of attention to concrete detail, he also offers in his edition an extensive portrayal of Andreae's biography, oeuvre, and history of reception and function. Referring to the translation, the editor stresses having aspired to "a kind of literal accuracy, trying to convey the meaning of the words rather than seeking to impose on them a more fluent interpretation" p. This in many respects characterises the intention of the new edition which foremost emphasises new aspects of particular details. In contrast to available German translations of the Latin original by D.