FRANCE: Man's Quest

(See Cover) During the Commune, a fellow who was arrested cried: "But I have never dabbled in politics." "Precisely." And his head was broken.

—Malraux's The Conquerors

On a hot July day in 1789, a swarm of sweaty, shouting men armed with muskets, staves and pikes, stormed the grim Bastille, prison of French kings. The triumphant revolutionists proudly drew up a Declaration of Rights "for all men, for all lands, for all times, and to give an example to the world." From that day, in the flood tide of the Enlightenment, France took...

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