6 thoughts on “Pasquale Paoli: forgotten Corsican revolutionary

  1. It wasn’t easy being the man in charge of a strategic island that was the subject of much to-ing and fro-ing, between rulers. Very interesting post and a ‘new to me’ innovator who was maybe a little ahead of his time with regard to how a nation should be run?

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    1. Yes, that’s true. Corsica was ruled by Pisa and then Genoa for hundreds of years before passing to France. And Paoli had to deal with external threats to his authority as well. He was brought up within the traditions of 18th-century political thought and enlightened despotism, but the particular Corsican situation pushed him into more forward-thinking policies in practice.

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  2. Reblogged this on Ocelot Press and commented:

    Ocelot Press author Vanessa Couchman writes about the achievements of Pasquale Paoli, 18th-century statesman and revolutionary and a towering figure of his era. Today, he is little known outside Corsica and deserves wider recognition.

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