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The Marquis de Condorcet was one of the few Enlightenment ideologists to witness the French Revolution and participate as an elected politician at the centre of events during France's transition from monarchy to republic. Condorcet and Modernity explores the interaction between Condorcet's political theory, legislative pragmatism, public policy proposals and the management of change. David Williams examines key topics including rights, the civil order, the Church, the slave trade, women's civil rights, judicial reform, voting and representation, economics, monarchy, power and revolution. He explores the complex links between Condorcet as the visionary ideologist and Condorcet as the pragmatic legislator, and between Condorcet's concept of modernity - the application of 'social arithmetic' to government policies. Based on an extensive array of both printed and manuscript sources, this major contribution to enlightenment studies is a full treatment of Condorcet's politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521841399
ISBN-10: 0521841399
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Williams

David Williams is Emeritus Professor of French in the University of Sheffield. A leading scholar of enlightenment France, in 1999 he was made Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government.

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