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Citizens Without Sovereignty: Equality and Sociability in French Thought, 1670-1789

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In a wide-ranging interpretation of French thought in the years 1670-1789, Daniel Gordon takes us through the literature of manners and moral philosophy, theology and political theory, universal history and economics to show how French thinkers sustained a sense of liberty and dignity within an authoritarian regime. A penetrating critique of those who exaggerate either the
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 23rd 1994 by Princeton University Press (first published October 3rd 1994)
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An excellent and thought-provoking book, very well-written. Daniel Gordon tries to show that "sociability" became an ideological alternative to politics for eighteenth-century French citizens. Living under an authoritarian government, French intellectuals carved a space for equality and progress without directly challenging the hierarchy and absolutism of their state.

The language of sociability, according to Gordon, originated with the elite. It emerged from the etiquette manuals of early moder
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