By: Cayla Rannow

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Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

Born: January 18, 1689, La Brède, France

Died: February 10, 1755, Paris, France


Montesquieu lived in a time with bad government that did not work well with the others of their government. He thought that he knew how government should work and how people should manage things.

Major Works

Montesquieu's two most important works are the Persian Letters and The Spirit of the Laws. While these works share certain themes -- most notably a fascination with non-European societies and a horror of despotism -- they are quite different from one another, and will be treated separately.
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Political veiws

Montesquieu viewed the government of his time as untrustworthy and hated how thing where ran. He was a religious man who believed in liberty and independence. Montesquieu formed what we call our government today things that he wrote down in his books we have in our government.


"Liberty is the right to do what the law permits."
"A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century."
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