In montesquieu early life and career publishing his lettres persanes persian letters 1722 in which he gave a brilliant satirical portrait of french and particularly parisian civilization supposedly seen through the eyes of two persian travellersthis exceedingly successful work mocks the reign of louis xiv which had only recently ended pokes fun at all. This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of persian letters by montesquieu it provides a thorough exploration of the novels plot characters and main themes including the clash of cultures the merits of various political systems and the importance of tolerance. Montesquieu persian letters 1721 the following is an electronic text of montesquieus persian letters 1721 the edition is by john davidson who translated the novel wrote an introduction to it and added explanatory footnotes it was published by gibbings company in london in 1899 3 vols and is therefore in the public domain. Montesquieus persian letters represent a wonderful confection of ideas social satire and social commentary it is no wonder they are still in print and are retranslated from time to time for me the charm of these works is that they relate to a time when a person of lively curiosity delighted in picking up a book of an evening and reading a
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