Romanticism pp 195-200 | Cite as

Joseph de Maistre: Essay on the Generative Principle of Political Constitutions

  • John B. Halsted
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


Joseph de Maistre (1753–1821) was the outstanding spokesman for Catholic conservatism of the ultramontane variety in the Revolutionary era. He was from Savoy, then part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. When French troops took Savoy, he fled to Switzerland. In 1802 he was named the Sardinian representative to St. Petersburg, where he wrote the work from which the selection below is taken. He returned to Savoy in 1817 and became a minister of state, in charge of judicial matters.


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