Who Was Montesquieu?


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Montesquieu was a French political philosopher who helped shape political theory with his major work, "The Spirit of Law." He was born on January 18th, 1689, near Bordeaux, France.

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Montesquieu began his career when he first published the "Persian Letters" in 1722. This was regarded as a brilliant piece of satire, and Montesquieu became famous when people discovered he was the author. This fame led him to gain many powerful supporters, aiding in his desire to continue his education through foreign travel. During this period of time, he often considered writing a major work on law and politics. Finally, in 1740, he began work on "The Spirit of Law", one of the greatest books written about political history in jurisprudence. The book was published in 1750.

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