A philosopher, literary figure, and composer, Jean - Jacques Rousseau(1712 - 1778) was born in Geneva. Left alone at 10, he moved to Paris when he was 16. His ideas and philosophies laid the foundations of the French Revolution and for the liberal and socialist doctrines of Europe. Confessions gave a new turn to the art of autobiography - writing. The Social Contract is his most important work—it deciphers the relationship between man and society.
Educationalist, philosopher and musician, Rousseau is the author of several remarkable books and biographies. His political ideas influenced the French Revolution and contributed to the development of the socialist theory.