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This front matter section of the book Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès: The Essential Political Writings presents the table of contents, a foreword, a note to the reader, and acknowledgements. Throughout his lifetime, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès never had the leisure to systematize a coherent political theory. Working in the medium of pamphlets and speeches, he learned how to harmonize dispassionate analysis with fervent polemics. Sieyès's body of work consists of a bundle of such papers, the results of a long education in political thought and philosophy. His passionate rallying of the Third Estate and his calculated appeal for the Estates-General to transform itself into a National Assembly are as well known as his conspiracy with Napoleon, whom he saw as the guardian of the Revolution. His political fate was interwoven with that of the Revolution.

Keywords: Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès; French Revolution; philosophy; political theory



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