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La réception des Discours sur le Gouvernement d’Algernon Sidney au XVIIIe siècle français

Abstract : The manner in which Algernon Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government was received within eighteenth century French legal and political circles remains little known. Translated as early as 1702, the book rapidly spread throughout the Republic of Letters thanks to Huguenot authors. Fears created amidst the absolutist ranks by Sidney’s subversive theories led to a series of refutations. However, these refutations did not hinder the book’s success, or prevent it from becoming a fundamental source of enlightenment half way through the century. It then became a reference for parliamentary Jansenism during the decade following the Maupeou reform. Throughout the Revolution, Sidney’s name was still often quoted but his actual influence becomes harder to assess due to the revolutionaries’ allegiance to the thought of Rousseau, an author who developed principles quite similar to those of the English republican.
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François Quastana. La réception des Discours sur le Gouvernement d’Algernon Sidney au XVIIIe siècle français. La Révolution française - Cahiers de l’Institut d’histoire de la Révolution française, Institut d'Histoire de la Révolution française, 2013, Le républicanisme anglais dans la France des Lumières et de la Révolution, ⟨10.4000/lrf.1031⟩. ⟨hal-01624422⟩



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