In 1762, a man by the name of Jean Jacques witnessed the publication of one of the most influential books on political philosophy ever written. It was his book. Written in a time of political angst and religious turmoil; and already fresh in exile, (rejecting an offer to live with Voltaire, mind you), Jean Jacques Rousseau understood how close he was to the precipice, playing near the edge with the essays he wrote.
In 1762, historical events, such as the Seven Years’ War drawing to an end—a war for global pre-eminence—saw a French Empire in tatters and Napoleon Bonaparte’s birth; a consequence yet to be recognized. French Huguenot Jean Calas’ death by torture after being wrongly convicted of murdering his son was an event that inspired Voltaire to write on religious tolerance and legal reform, and who was perhaps ever so slightly influenced by his counterpart’s The Social Contract
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