Montesquieu Timeline

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  • 1689 - 1757
    Life of the French philosopher Montesquieu.
  • 18 Jan 1689
    The philosopher Montesquieu is born near Bordeaux, France.
  • 1708
    Montesquieu graduates in law from the University of Bordeaux.
  • 1714 - 1725
    Montesquieu serves as a judge at Bordeaux's Parlement.
  • 1715
    Montesquieu marries Jeanne de Lartigue.
  • 1721
    Montesquieu publishes his Lettres persanes (Persian Letters).
  • 1727
    Montesquieu is elected to the prestigious Académie Française.
  • 1728 - 1731
    Montesquieu travels to Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, and England.
  • 1734
    Montesquieu publishes his Considerations on the Greatness and Decline of the Romans.
  • 1748
    Montesquieu publishes his The Spirit of the Laws where he outlines his separation of powers.
  • 1750
    Montesquieu publishes his Defence of the Spirit of the Laws.
  • 1751
    The Catholic Church adds Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws to the Index of Forbidden Books.
  • 10 Feb 1755
    The French philosopher Montesquieu dies in Paris.
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