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Table of Contents

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Translator’s Note and Acknowledgments

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The present translations are based on my own French edition of the same texts (Paris: Classiques Garnier, forthcoming). Proper names have been modernized to . . .

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Introduction: Condorcet and America

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pp. 1-20

Condorcet (1743–94), the last of the great fi gures of the French Enlightenment, was a fervent américaniste, one of the most prominent among the many French . . .

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Influence of the American Revolution on Europe (1786)

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pp. 21-42

The path of truth, said the poet Saadi,2 is narrow and lies between two precipices. At the slightest misstep, one tumbles to the bottom. One picks oneself up, dazed by . .

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Supplement to Filippo Mazzei’s Researches on the United States (1788)

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pp. 43-62

Recent news from the United States requires a supplement.1 It is hoped that this addition will not displease those eager to be informed of the affairs of this . . .

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Ideas on Despotism: For the Benefit of Those Who Pronounce This Word Without Understanding It (1789)

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pp. 63-78

Despotism by one man alone is a fi ction of the mind; but despotism by a small number over a large number is very common and has two causes: the ease with . . .

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Eulogy of Franklin: Read at the Public Session of the Academy of Sciences, November 13, 1790 (1790)

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pp. 79-107

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 6, 1706, the son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger.1
His father had settled in Boston around 1682; attached to the Presbyterian religion by . . .

Appendix: Notes to the French Translation of John Stevens’s Observations on Government (1789)

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pp. 109-118

Chronology

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pp. 119-124

Notes

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pp. 125-139

Selected Bibliography in English

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pp. 141-144

Index of Proper Names

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pp. 145-147

COVER Back

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pp. 157-157