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There may have been a time when Joseph de Maistre could have been pigeon-holed and nicely set aside as an exhibit of a Catholic and monarchical reaction to the French Revolution. Two major developments, however, suggest that the nature, significance, and influence of his thought requires reconsideration: the resurgence of religious factors in the contemporary global political situation, and an important new body of scholarship about Maistre himself. This chapter is a first attempt at assessing Maistre's influence in Europe from his time to our own day. The enterprise is, necessarily, far from exhaustive: Maistre has been so abundantly read and commented on by now that any effort to discuss his reception systematically could consume a lifetime.

Keywords: Europe; Joseph de Maistre



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