By Rudolf Dekker

A diary stored by means of a boy within the 1790s sheds new mild at the upward thrust of autobiographical writing within the nineteenth century and sketches a wide ranging view of Europe within the Age of Enlightenment.
The French Revolution and the Batavian Revolution within the Netherlands give you the backdrop to this learn, which levels from altering perceptions of time, house and nature to the concept of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and its effect on such far-flung fields as schooling, panorama gardening and politics. The ebook describes the excessive expectancies humans had of technological know-how and drugs, and their unhappiness on the failure of those new branches of studying to healing the area of its ills. booklet jacket.

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The Patriots, for their part, were intent on finding out if the French were inclined to lend them military support in their efforts to overthrow the regime of Stadholder Willem V. Van Eck wrote little about the subject of these talks, most of which were undertaken by Paulus alone. Paulus’s previous position of authority in the Dutch navy had given him the opportunity to build up an extensive network of French contacts. The French had held him in high esteem, as emerges from a letter written by Joseph-Matthias Gérard de Rayneval, a diplomat who had gone to the Netherlands in 1786 to observe the tense situation at first hand.

Clearly, modern architecture was more to Lambert’s liking, so naturally he enjoyed his visit to the nearly 28 prologue finished Church of Sainte-Geneviève. This edifice, wrote Van Eck, was ‘a credit to human ingenuity’. 11 Lambert was aware of the importance of this structure, which marked the breakthrough of a new style – neoclassicism – an architectonic revolution in which the ideals of the Enlightenment were made manifest in public buildings. In practice this style usually entailed placing a forest of columns around an interior space of great grandeur.

Indoors he occupied himself with reading, writing letters, playing the piano, dancing, drawing, making fishing nets, gluing together boxes, cutting out paper figures, playing board games, and even operating a toy printing press. Outdoor activities, which were an equally important part of Otto’s education, included spinning tops, swinging, seesawing and fishing, as well as pruning trees in the spring and ice-sailing in the winter. We also see him leaping over ditches, boating, setting off fireworks, driving his goat-drawn wagon, riding his pony, catching birds on the finch run, drumming, playing badminton, and zealously working on various carpentry projects, including a model windmill, a hutch for his rabbits, and bird-houses of various sizes.

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