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The Shape of the New

Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World

The book explores four transformative ideas—capitalism, democracy, evolution, and religious tolerance—that have fundamentally shaped the modern world. It delves into the history and impact of these concepts, examining the lives and thoughts of influential thinkers such as Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, and Karl Marx.

Key points:

1. Enlightenment Thinking: The Enlightenment promoted reason, science, and individual rights, shaping modern democracies and current ideals.

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