Complementing and enabling the socially and politically active atmosphere was the dramatically impro

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Complementing and enabling the socially and politically active atmosphere was the  dramatically improving  literacy  rate in France. Beyond just talking about revolutionary  ideas, more and more French people, especially in Paris and its surrounds, were  reading and writing about them as well. A symbiotic relationship developed as readers  anxiously awaited more literature from the philosophes, and in turn the response that  the writers received compelled them to write more. The scholarly atmosphere at the time  also provided  women  of French society—albeit still within traditional roles as salon  hostesses—with an opportunity to contribute to the conversation.  One of the leading political thinkers of the French Enlightenment, the  Baron de  Montesquieu  (1689–1755), drew great influence from the works of Locke.  Montesquieu’s most critical work,  The Spirit of Laws
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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