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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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Germaine de Staël

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This chapter discusses how Staël's analysis of the role of factions in the Revolution is better understood in the light of the final section of the Considerations, dedicated to England. Like her favorite Anglophile writers, Staël praised England's commercial achievements; its constitution; and its tradition of individual liberty, freedom of the press, and religious toleration. But what interested her above all was the functioning of English parliamentarianism and the nation's party system. All along she manifested great admiration for the Whig Party and its leaders: an admiration that was not affected by the pro-Bonapartist stand of Charles Fox's entourage, nor by the crippling divisions that wrecked the party during the French wars.

Keywords:   Germaine de Staël, Revolution, Considerations, individual liberties, freedom of the press, English parliamentarianism, Whig Party, Charles Fox, French wars

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