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"Ein Essay ber Projekte" von Daniel Defoe (1697) ist ein Grundlagentext zum Projektdenken der Moderne. Darin vorgelegte Reformvorschl ge dieses fr hen "citizen of the modern world" haben von den Ans tzen her verbl ffende, globale Fragestellungen betreffende Aktualit t: Neuregelung des Bank-, B rsen- und Versicherungswesen, des Konkursrechts, Bek mpfung von Steuerhinterzieh ...more
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Published June 17th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1697)
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Daniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] - 1731) was an English writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularize the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote m ...more

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Erecting blockheads to suppress the great.
Sir Francis Drake the Spanish plate-fleet won;
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Sir Walter Raleigh strove, but missed the plate,
And therefore died a traitor to the State.
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