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By Rudolf Dekker

A diary stored by way of a boy within the 1790s sheds new mild at the upward push of autobiographical writing within the nineteenth century and sketches a wide ranging view of Europe within the Age of Enlightenment.
The French Revolution and the Batavian Revolution within the Netherlands give you the backdrop to this research, which levels from altering perceptions of time, house and nature to the idea of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and its effect on such far-flung fields as schooling, panorama gardening and politics. The booklet describes the excessive expectancies humans had of technological know-how and medication, and their unhappiness on the failure of those new branches of studying to healing the realm of its ills. e-book jacket.

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The outermost ring consisted of the estate’s tenant farmers and a floating population of hired labourers. And the world beyond? Just how far away this could seem to a child emerges from an observation made by Otto’s contemporary Maurits VerHuell, who grew up in comparable circumstances. ’30 Otto did not live long enough to view his youthful experiences with hindsight, as did VerHuell, who in middle age came across the diary he had kept as a fifteen-year-old in the summer of 1802 and supplied it with wistful commentary.

5. Portrait of Lafayette. H. Campe’s Over de staats-omwenteling in Frankrijk in brieven, 1790. 23 24 prologue immediate family: during dinner one evening he confided to Lambert that his grandmother was no longer speaking to him. The situation in France was just as complex as that in the Dutch Republic. The French king had been pressured by public opinion to implement a number of reforms, the first of which was to abolish the parlements dating back to the Middle Ages. Because it was the task of these provincial councils to give advice in legal matters, those in Lafayette’s circle were opposed to their abolition, which they considered a shrewd attempt on the king’s part to increase his own power.

7. The storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. From De gruwel der verwoestinge of Vrankryks moord- en treurtoneel, 1794. a loathsome relic of the past, and found that ‘its grimness surpasses its reputation’. Lambert van Eck did not like bleak old buildings, and he was well aware that Voltaire, Mirabeau and other intellectuals had been locked up in the Bastille by order of the king. When Lambert visited the prison, its inmates included a then unknown writer: behind one of the iron-bolted windows, the Marquis de Sade was adding the finishing touches to his novel Aline et Valcour.

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