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Jules Michelet And ‘Les Franco-Roumains’: Dumitru Brătianu

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Born in 1818, Dumitru Brătianu came from a family of boyars from Oltenia, a region reputed for its people's independence of mind and political restiveness. Dumitru Brătianu also formed links with lesser-known figures from the liberal, republican and radical opposition groups in France, such as Désiré Pilette, a republican lawyer and fellow Freemason, cofounder with Louis Blanc of the newspaper Les Ecoles and a co-editor of La Réforme. Michelet's son-in-law, Alfred Dumesnil, had arrived in Paris in 1837 from Rouen, accompanied by his mother, Adèle, the estranged wife of a merchant from that city. Mother and son attended Jules Michelet's lectures at the Collège de France, and, after meeting the historian, they became practically part of his household. Brătianu was not content simply with seeking the adherence of republicans in Paris, and courted, rather indiscriminately, personalities of widely contrasting political persuasions, with less than tangible results.

Keywords: Alfred Dumesnil; Dumitru Brătianu; Jules Michelet



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