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French Literature Of The 19th Century:

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( Originally Published Early 1900's )

Another great historian, who was also a statesman, was Louis Adolphe Thiers (1797-1877). His difficut rôle during and after the Franco-German war displayed his quality as statesman, and has given him a prominent place in the world's history. He was born in Marseilles, was educated for the bar, but turned to journalism and became a noted political writer. His literary fame rests on two works, "The History of the French Revolution" (1823-32) and "The History of the Consulate and Empire" (184o-62). Their chief fault is excess both in matter and manner of relation. They have also been charged with unfairness, but this probably arose from the author's being obliged to decide between witnesses who contradict each other, and following the one whose testimony suited his own views. Still another fault is the glorification of Napoleon, which was due in part to the writer's patriotism.

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