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The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century FranceBetween the Ancients and the Moderns$
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Rachel Hammersley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079320

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079320.001.0001

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The British origins of Jean-Paul Marat’s revolutionary radicalism

The British origins of Jean-Paul Marat’s revolutionary radicalism

(p.137) 9 The British origins of Jean-Paul Marat’s revolutionary radicalism
The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

Rachel Hammersley

Manchester University Press

Jean-Paul Marat's ten-year stay in Britain during the 1760s and 1770s subsequently became the focus of rumour and speculation. It was in this period of his life that crucial aspects of Marat's revolutionary thought and persona were first established. It was during his stay across the Channel, in works written in English, that Marat first expressed some of the moral and political views that would come to characterise his mature thought. It was also while in Britain that Marat became involved in political activism for the first time. Moreover Marat, like d'Eon and d'Holbach, was influenced by both the ideas of the English republican tradition and the model of opposition politics offered by Wilkes and his associates.

Keywords:   Britain, Jean-Paul Marat, revolutionary thought, political activism, English republican tradition

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