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Germaine de StaëlA Political Portrait$
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Biancamaria Fontana

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169040

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169040.001.0001

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The Advent of Modern Liberty (1795)

The Advent of Modern Liberty (1795)

(p.109) Chapter 5 The Advent of Modern Liberty (1795)
Germaine de Staël

Biancamaria Fontana

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at how Staël claimed that, in order to unify the nation under a republican government, it was necessary to identify the durable interests and aspirations of the majority of the French people. Now, the question of what the majority wanted was defined with greater clarity than in the past. The unity of the nation under the republic must be founded upon the general demand for liberty. Not, however, the patriotic, participative liberty—inspired by the model of ancient republics—that had been revived by the Jacobins with such destructive consequences, but a new kind of liberty, based on the modern needs for security, prosperity, and peace.

Keywords:   Germaine de Staël, republican government, French people, liberty, participative liberty, security, prosperity, peace

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