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Liberty Matters: Germaine de Staël, Fanaticism, and the Spirit of Party (March 2019)

The year 2017 marked the bicentenary of Germaine de Staël’s death (1766-1817). Although her name almost never appears in textbooks or histories of political thought in the English-speaking world her political thought is undeniably rich and brilliant. Having lived in revolutionary times, she had a unique opportunity to witness firsthand the importance of ideas and the power of passions in society and political life. In this month’s Liberty Matters discussion the lead essay is by Aurelian Craiutu, professor of political science at Indiana University. He is joined in the discussion by Benjamin Hoffmann, assistant professor of early modern French Studies at The Ohio State University; Catriona Seth, the Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford; and Steven Vincent, professor of history at North Carolina State University. The original debate in HTML format can be found here. Also, see the archive.

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