DE TOCQUEVILLE Alexis, The Old Regime and the Revolution, Volume II: Notes on the French Revolution and Napoleon
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With his monumental work The Old Regime and the Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) - best known for his classic Democracy in America — envisioned a multivolume philosophic study of the origins of modern France that would examine the implications of French history on the nature and development of democratic society. Volume 1, which covered the eighteenth-century background to the Revolution, was published to great acclaim in 1856. On the continuation of this project, he wrote: "When this Revolution has finished its work, [this volume] will show what that work really was, and what the new society which has come from that violent labor is, what the Revolution has taken away and what it has preserved from that old regime against which it was directed."
Tocqueville died in the midst of this work. Here in volume 2—in clear, up-to-date English—is all that he had completed, including the chapters he started for a work on Napoleon, notes and analyses he made in the course of researching and writing the first volume, and his notes on his preparation for his continuation. Based on the new French edition of The Old Regime, most of the translated texts have never before appeared in English, and many of those that have appeared have been considerable altered. More than ever before, readers will be able to see how Tocqueville's account of the Revolution would have come out, had he lived to finish it. This handsomely produced volume completes the set and is essential reading for anyone interested in the French Revolution or in Tocqueville's thought.
From Library Journal
This is a new translation of Tocqueville's last masterpiece, written in 1851. Best known as the author of Democracy in America, Tocqueville focuses here on the meaning and origin of the French Revolution. This volume is organized into three major subjects. First, it looks at the nature of the French Revolution. Second, it examines the origins of the revolution in an absolutist and aristocratic society. Finally, it considers the reasons for the sudden outbreak at the end of the 18th century. Tocqueville discusses the continuity of French political behavior in relation to persistent class hostility, government centralization, and the preservation of individual and political freedom. This book surpasses older editions of English translations because of its readability and because it is based on the French critical edition that includes the author's sources and materials from his drafts and revisions. Kahan (Florida International Univ.) is also translating the work's second volume, which is to be published in 1999 by the University of Chicago. Recommended for academic libraries.
Mary F. Salony, West Virginia Northern Community Coll. Lib., Wheeling
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INTRODUCTION by François Furet and François Mélonio
The Work in Progress
The Revolution as Ideology
Note on the Manuscript
by Françoise Mélonio
The Outbreak of the Revolution
APPENDIX TO CHATERS THREE, FOUR, AND FIVE
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER FIVE
Notes Exceroted from Tocqueville's Papers concerning
the History of the Revolution
Part One: The Convention and the Directory
Part Two: The Consulate and the Empire
Excerpts from Tocqueville's Research Notes
NOTES RELATING PRIMARILY TO BOOK ONE OF THE FIRST VOLUME
Notes on Germany
Notes of Blackstone and England
Notes on Russia
NOTES RELATING PRIMARILY TO BOOK TWO OF THE FIRST VOLUME
Notes Taken on Tours
Notes on Turgot
Notes on the Cahiers
NOTES RELATING PRIMARILY TO BOOK THREE OF THE FIRST VOLUME
Notes on Mirabeau the Elder
Notes on the Physiocrats
Notes and Variants, by Françoise Mélonio
Place and publisher: Cchicago: University of Chicago Press
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 528
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This book provides new insights into the history of Italy's long Risorgimento, by tracing the entanglements of the Mazzinian "international". This informal group of men and women crossed the boundary of the Channel and the boundary of class to speak a common language and share a radical ideal: Giuseppe Mazzini's vision of a unified, republican Italy. Published in the radical press, the exile's writings on democracy, education, association and citizenship inspired both Oxford social reformers and self-improving artisans gathering in provincial reading rooms, co-operative societies, republican clubs and educational institutes: for them republican Italy became a transnational dream. Indeed, when Italy was unified under a constitutional monarch in 1861, British Mazzinians were bitterly disappointed. Setting off for Italy on their first "co-operative tour" in 1888, East London workers embarked on an educational pilgrimage, dotted with Mazzinian landmarks. Despite the fin de siècle crisis, Victorian radicals' enduring faith in Italy's democratic future remained steadfast. Indeed, when Fascists subsequently appropriated Mazzini's national dream, post-Victorian Mazzinians would unequivocally voice their support for Italian anti-Fascists, who championed the principles of global democracy. Drawing on a wide range of material, the author adds a crucial new dimension to the history of Victorian radicalism in Britain, and to the "new history of the Risorgimento".
Marcella Pellegrino Sutcliffe is a Research Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
Place and publisher: London: Royal Historical Society
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 200
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