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

Rachel Hammersley

in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079320
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702345 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079320.003.0010
The British origins of Jean-Paul Marat’s revolutionary radicalism

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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

Chapter.  8654 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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