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(1749—1791) French revolutionary politician

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Antoine-Pierre-Joseph-Marie Barnave

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(1761–93).

Revolutionary politician. A Protestant from Grenoble, he was a dominant member of the popular party in the Assemblée Constituante, where his eloquence was second only to...

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Eloquence

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Modern usage applies the concept of eloquence in various ways, at times with an implication of distrust, as if a choice had to be made between art and sincerity. But ...

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Eroticism and Pornography

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Sex and the body enjoy a distinguished position in Italian literature. From the poesia giocosa of the 13th and 14th c. to the contemporary theatre of Dario Fo, their presence ...

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French Revolution

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(1789)

The political upheaval that ended with the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy in France and marked a watershed in European history. Various groups in French society opposed...

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Jacques Necker

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(1732–1804)

Swiss-born banker. He began work as a bank clerk in Switzerland, moving to his firm's headquarters in Paris in 1750. He rose to hold the office of director-general of...

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Le Panthéon

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Originally built to the grandiose neoclassical design of Soufflot as the Église Sainte‐Geneviève, this Paris church was taken over almost immediately (1791) by the Assemblée Constituante as...

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Maury, Jean-Siffrein, abbé

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(1746–1817).

Celebrated French preacher, author of an Éloge de Fénelon (1771) and an Essai sur l'éloquence de la chaire (1777). He played a prominent part as a deputy and orator ...

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Physiocrats

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Group of eighteenth‐century French economists who believed that the land is the ultimate source of all wealth, and also in free trade in grain. The latter belief, but not the former,...

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Pierre-Louis Ginguené

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(1748–1815).

French poet and critic who came into his own during the Revolution. He worked on La Feuille villageoise, produced in 1795 the first edition of Chamfort's Œuvres...

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