Ernest Renan  

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In "What is a Nation?" Ernest Renan states what has become one of the most famous and enduring ideas of nationalism. "Forgetfulness, and I would even say historical error, are essential in the creation of a nation."

"L’islam [...] c’est la chaîne la plus lourde que l’humanité ait jamais portée." --Ernest Renan, L'Islamisme et la science: Conférence faite a la Sorbonne le 29 Mars 1883

"Emanciper le musulman de sa religion est le meilleur service qu'on puisse lui rendre." Discours et conférences (1887), p. 407

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Ernest Renan (28 February 1823 – 2 October 1892) was a French expert of Middle East ancient languages and civilizations, philosopher and writer, devoted to his native province of Brittany. He is best known for his influential historical works on early Christianity and his political theories, especially concerning nationalism and national identity.


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