Assume that Montesquieu was trying to send a message to his readers about French politics under the Bourbon monarchy when he published The Persian Letters in 1721. Was it a message of reform, i.e., did he think it was possible to correct the flaws in the system left behind by Louis XIV at his death in 1715? Or was he suggesting something more radical?
Could someone provide me with some details on Montesquieu's intellectual formation, the censorship he faced and to what social class did he belong. How can I show that he is developing a measured critique but carrying the seed for more radical repercussions ?