Bertrand de Jouvenel

Bertrand de Jouvenel

Born Oct 31, 1903

Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins, usually known only as Bertrand de Jouvenel was a French philosopher, political economist, and futurist.

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1903 Birth Born on October 31, 1903.
1912 8 Years Old Henri divorced Sarah in 1912 to become the second husband of French writer Colette.


1920 16 Years Old In 1920, when he was a mere 16, Bertrand began an affair with his stepmother, who was then in her late 40s. … Read More


1930 26 Years Old From 1930 to 1934, Jouvenel had an affair with the American war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. … Read More


1934 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In his memoirs, The Invisible Writing, Arthur Koestler recalled that in 1934, Jouvenel was among a small number of French intellectuals who promised moral and financial support to the newly established Institut pour l'Étude du Fascisme, a supposedly self-financing enterprise of the Popular Front. … Read More
1935 31 Years Old He began a paper with Pierre Andreu called La Lutte des jeunes (The Struggle of the Young) while at the same time contributing to the right wing paper Gringoire, for which he covered the 1935 Nuremberg Congress in Germany where the infamous Nuremberg Laws were passed. … Read More
1936 32 Years Old In February 1936 he interviewed Adolf Hitler for the journal Paris-Midi, for which he was criticised for being too friendly to the dictator.
1938 34 Years Old That same year he joined Jacques Doriot's Parti populaire français (PPF). He became the editor in chief of its journal L'Émancipation nationale (National Emancipation), wherein he supported fascism. He broke with the PPF in 1938 when Doriot supported the Munich Agreement.


1947 43 Years Old Jouvenel's mother passionately supported Czechoslovakian independence, and so he began his career as a private secretary to Edvard Beneš, Czechoslovakia's first prime minister. In 1947, along with Friedrich Hayek, Jacques Rueff, and Milton Friedman, he founded the Mont Pelerin Society. … Read More


1983 79 Years Old De Jouvenel sued in 1983, claiming nine counts of libel, two of which the court upheld. … Read More
1987 83 Years Old Died on March 1, 1987.
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