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Notes on Life and Letters

By: Joseph Conrad

...ers In the second half of the eighteenth century there were two centres of liberal ideas on the continent of Europe: France and Poland. On an impartia... ... to a certain extent a convenient rallying-point for all manifestations of liberalism. Since that time we have come to be regarded simply as a nuisanc... ...nstitutions. The Pol- ish State offers a singular instance of an extremely liberal administrative federalism which, in its Par- liamentary life as wel... ...e or from an exaggerated sense of its own cleverness. I am speaking now of democracies whose chiefs resemble the tyrant of Syracuse in this, 107 Jose... ...man who advocated a St. Bartholomew’s Night for the suppression of Russian liberalism) was displaying his “divine” (I have read the very word in an En...

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