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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June28, 1712-July2, 1778) was a major philosopher, literary figure, and composer of the Enlightenment whose political philosophy influenced the French Revolution and the development of liberal and socialist theory. With his Confessions, Reveries of a Solitary Walker and other writings, he invented modern autobiography and encouraged a new focus on the building of subjectivity that bore fruit in the work of thinkers as diverse as Hegel and Freud. His novel, Julie, ou la nouvelle Heloise was one of the best-selling fictional works of the eighteenth century and was important to the development of Romanticism. Rousseau made important contributions to music as a theorist and a composer. He was buried in Paris Pantheon in 1794.

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Works by Rousseau on Project Gutenberg
The Rousseau Association, dedicated to studying Rousseau's life and works


The age of Absolutism (History of civilization)
Renaissance to revolution: Creative activities for teaching world history

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