The Resource A cosmopolitan republican in the French revolution : the political thought of Anacharsis Cloots, Frank Ejby Poulsen

A cosmopolitan republican in the French revolution : the political thought of Anacharsis Cloots, Frank Ejby Poulsen

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A cosmopolitan republican in the French revolution : the political thought of Anacharsis Cloots
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A cosmopolitan republican in the French revolution
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the political thought of Anacharsis Cloots
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Frank Ejby Poulsen
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eng
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Republicanism has been on scholars’ research agenda since the 1970s, and several studies on French republicanism in the eighteenth century have linked it to the Atlantic republican tradition. A central question that has puzzled intellectual historians studying republicanism is how this concept considered as antiquated or only adapted to small city-states became the concept of choice for a large modern nation such as France. The works of Pocock, Skinner, and Pettit launched vast research programme on Atlantic republicanism as a theory of liberty understood as 'non-domination'. Focusing on eighteenth-century France and the French revolution, historians such as Baker, Hammersley, Monnier, Spitz, Whatmore, and Wright have argued against Furet, Ozouf, Maintenant, Nicolet, and Vovelle that this republicanism existed before and during the revolution as a language of opposition based on classical Greek and Roman authors. In particular, Edelstein has shown how the two languages of republicanism and nature collided to form a 'natural republicanism' that pervaded during the revolution and intellectually explains the Terror. Hammersley, on the other hand, has shown how English republican texts provided answers to the fundamental question for early modern republicans: how republican institutions and practices (securing liberty) could be made workable in the context of a large nation-state? However, these studies on classical republicanism and natural republicanism have overlooked or insufficiently explained the universalist side of the language of republicanism in the French revolution: how could republicanism be made workable for the world, and how could it be argued that humankind formed a nation? This thesis provides an answer to how a 'universalrepublic' could be theorised in the French revolution by examining the writings of Anacharsis Cloots (1755–1794). It argues that Cloots was one of the leading proponents of ‘cosmopolitan republicanism-. The thesis uses Cloots’s entire corpus of works, which have been published in a three volume collection entitled OEuvres, as well as a collection of all his revolutionary writings in Ecrits révolutionaires. Using Skinner’s contextualist method, the thesis presents an interpretation of these writings by setting them in the political, social, and intellectual contexts in which Cloots wrote them
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Poulsen, Frank Ejby
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Defence date: 23 March 2018
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (HEC), 2018
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non fiction
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses.
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  • Cloots, Anacharsis
  • Republicanism
  • France
  • France
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A cosmopolitan republican in the French revolution : the political thought of Anacharsis Cloots, Frank Ejby Poulsen
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http://hdl.handle.net/1814/53164
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Examining Board: Professor Martin van Gelderen, EUI (Supervisor); Professor Ann Thomson, EUI (Second Reader/Internal Examiner); Professor Richard Whatmore, University of Saint Andrews (External Examiner); Professor Reidar Maliks, University of Oslo (External Examiner)
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-375)
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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FIE
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30 cm.
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xviii, 375 pages
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1088466159
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A cosmopolitan republican in the French revolution : the political thought of Anacharsis Cloots, Frank Ejby Poulsen
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/53164
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Martin van Gelderen, EUI (Supervisor); Professor Ann Thomson, EUI (Second Reader/Internal Examiner); Professor Richard Whatmore, University of Saint Andrews (External Examiner); Professor Reidar Maliks, University of Oslo (External Examiner)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-375)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
FIE
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xviii, 375 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088466159

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