The Salon

During the Enlightenment period in Paris, an interesting fad arose among the aristocracy and well educated.   In a  gathering called a Salon, Parisian aristocrats would through “think tank” parties. In which they would invite philosophers, artists, writers and musicians to their parlors to discuss politics and philosophy.  These Salons were mostly hosted by aristocratic women, and brought together ideas and people from all over Europe.  This influx of influential thinking helped to make Paris a center for the Enlightenment.  The Salon became an integral part of the Enlightenment by allowing for the culmination of ideas and financial/political foundations that would help shape Europe all the way until and through the French Revolution. 

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