This chapter evaluates Voltaire's reaction to the demands, by the 'natif' class, in the tiny republic of Geneva, for political representation. Though Voltaire is often regarded as a monarchist, and supporter of the priveged elite, I show that he responded positively to the natifs, and tried to help them frame their case. Certainly, he enjoyed playing this role, but his contacts with them seem to have persuaded him that humble watchmakers and artisans could read, think, and show educational advance which fitted them for a political role.
|Title of host publication||Voltaire, la tolerance et la justice|
|Place of Publication||Louvain-Paris-Dudley|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Aug 2011|
- political representation