Reconciling With Rupture: The Impact Of Exile On Revolutionary Thought

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“[I]t is necessary to welcome exile and take advantage of banishment.” Félix Pyat was a French revolutionary and former playwright who fled France after the “disastrous radical unrest” of June 13, 1849, due to fear of prosecution. While he was conflicted about his exile, he learned to embrace it because being exiled meant he and his fellow revolutionaries could express their ideas away from the repressive, anti-free press French government. He believes that perhaps they were “destined” to be exiled so they could better understand their cause. Read full article here

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