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Postscript
Postscript
A Summary

I have tried to conform with the norms of academic scholarship in writing this account of aspects of the progression of thinking about culture and politics within a Western European tradition over the last 300 years. Objectivity was the assumed goal of my intellectual formation. I was trained in the study of literature and history to seek to understand the meanings, intentions, and motivations of people living in the past whose ideas and values were dissimilar to my own. This fundamental orientation of my liberal education at an English grammar school in the 1950s and at the University of Cambridge in the 1960s was, therefore, always culturally relativist.

The attempt to be objective in this text has led, in summary, to the following representation:

Montesquieu belonged to one category of the provincial nobility during ...

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