in Ideas of monarchical reform
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The conclusion of the monograph evaluates three important discussions within the work. The first is the impact of seventeenth century ideology on the thinking of the eighteenth century. Events in the seventeenth century and the theory it catalysed, were still shaping the behaviour and political theory of eighteenth century Britain and France. As these states faced new challenges from the second decade of the eighteenth century, older ideologies continued to be utilised to create solutions for social and state maladies. Secondly, in case of the France, this witnessed a growing influence of the British model of government to try and counter the perceived damage caused by Louis XIV’s long reign. Thirdly, at this time Ramsay acted as a conduit between the two states. Not only did both countries shape his idiosyncratic and innovative theory, Ramsay’s connections and work had an impact on more important thinkers. His political works reflected an acceptance in the early Enlightenment of great change and a desire to create an ideology to promote public good and virtue in a transforming world.

Ideas of monarchical reform

Fénelon, Jacobitism and the political works of the Chevalier Ramsay


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