In the novel Resolution (2016) by A. N. Wilson, its protagonist, Polish-German naturalist Georg Forster (1754-94), finds a job as a university librarian in Mainz, and when the city is seized by the French revolutionary army, he puts his Jacobin ideals in action by becoming a Deputy in the Provincial Revolutionary Government of the four-month Republic of Mainz (1793), the first democratic state on German territory.
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