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'Voltaire a l'ecole de la democratie: "L'Affaire des Natifs"'

Gargett, Graham (2011) 'Voltaire a l'ecole de la democratie: "L'Affaire des Natifs"'. In: Voltaire, la tolerance et la justice. (Eds: Renwick, John), Peeters, Louvain-Paris-Dudley, pp. 189-210. ISBN 90429222354 [Book section]

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This chapter evaluates Voltaire's reaction to the demands, by the 'natif' class, in the tiny republic of Geneva, for political representation. Though Voltaire is often regarded as a monarchist, and supporter of the priveged elite, I show that he responded positively to the natifs, and tried to help them frame their case. Certainly, he enjoyed playing this role, but his contacts with them seem to have persuaded him that humble watchmakers and artisans could read, think, and show educational advance which fitted them for a political role.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Voltaire, Geneva, natifs, political representation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages
Faculty of Arts
ID Code:27789
Deposited By: Prof Graham Gargett
Deposited On:05 Nov 2013 16:40
Last Modified:05 Nov 2013 16:40

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