This book has argued that early modern republicanism played a significant role in the emergence and domestication of republican ideas in eighteenth-century France, opening the way for and shaping the Revolution. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries constitute a remarkably fertile, but also a particularly complex, period in political and intellectual history. This study has focused on one such concept—republicanism—and has been designed to convey the complex and multidimensional evolution of the set of ideas and practices to which it refers, in one corner of Europe, during this period. In doing so it has demonstrated some of the relationships that linked the English Revolution of the mid-seventeenth century to the Enlightenment and also to the French Revolution. It has also emphasised the profound and essential connections between the republic of letters and the re-emergence of republican notions of governance as ideals and forms of practice.
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