Founder of conservatism, precursor of sociology, creator of political ultramontanism and master of the French language, Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821) made significant contributions to the history of social, political, and religious ideas. Whether predicting the Bourbon Restoration of 1814, writing pages judged by the literary critic Sainte-Beuve as among ‘the most sublime ever written in a human language’, or composing the first treatise in the sociology of religion, Maistre was a figure of fascination in his time who remains thought-provoking in ours.
These pages are the cumulated work of Maistre specialists across three decades. They contain a brief biography, the most extensive bibliography compiled on Maistre to date, and the latest news on events and publications regarding him.
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