Edgar Quinet


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Quinet, Edgar

 

Born Feb. 17, 1803, in Bourg-en-Bresse; died Mar. 27, 1875, in Paris. French political figure; historian.

In 1841, Quinet became a professor in the Collège de France. He was dismissed from this post in 1846 because of the struggle he and J. Michelet were waging against the reactionary Catholic clergy and the Jesuits. Quinet took an active part in the February Revolution of 1848 and was a member of the Constituent Assembly and the Legislative Assembly. After the counterrevolutionary coup d’etat of Dec. 2, 1851, he was forced to emigrate in 1852; he returned to France in 1870. In the 1860’s, Quinet made a noticeable shift to the right. The best known of Quinet’s numerous works is his treatise on the French Revolution (vols. 1–2, 1865; in Russian translation, The Revolution and Its Criticism, vols. 1–2; Moscow, 1908). Despite general sympathy for the revolution, Quinet in this work reveals his abstract conception of freedom and his distrust of the political activity of the people.

WORKS

Oeuvres complètes, vols. 1–30. Paris [no date].

REFERENCES

Kareev, N. I. Frantsuzkie istoriki vtoroi pol. XIX v. i nach. XX v., vol. 2. Leningrad, 1924. Chapter 7.
Valès, A. Edgar Quinet . . . . Paris, 1936.
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Su funeral fue multitudinario, a pesar de que su nombre habia caido ya en desgracia, y hoy todavia su tumba en el cementerio de Montparnasse --una tumba discreta, blanca, donde tambien descansa Simone de Beauvoir-- esta siempre cubierta con las flores que sus admiradores compran en la entrada del Boulevard Edgar Quinet.