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DE TOCQUEVILLE Alexis, The Old Regime and the Revolution, Volume II: Notes on the French Revolution and Napoleon


Description:  
From the publishers
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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
 
Contents
Translator's Foreword
INTRODUCTION by François Furet and François Mélonio
The Work in Progress
The Revolution as Ideology
Note on the Manuscript
by Françoise Mélonio
 
BOOK ONE
The Outbreak of the Revolution
CHAPTER ZERO
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
APPENDIX TO CHATERS THREE, FOUR, AND FIVE
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER FIVE
 
BOOK TWO
Notes Exceroted from Tocqueville's Papers concerning
the History of the Revolution
CHAPTER ZERO
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
BOOK THREE

Napoleon
CHAPTER ZERO
Part One: The Convention and the Directory
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO

APPENDIX
Part Two: The Consulate and the Empire
SECTION ONE
SECTION TWO
Excerpts from Tocqueville's Research Notes
NOTES RELATING PRIMARILY TO BOOK ONE OF THE FIRST VOLUME
Plans
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
Index

Place and publisher: Cchicago: University of Chicago Press

Date of publication: 2012

Number of pages: 528



This week’s book(s):

Description:  
 
From the publishers:
 
"... Here, Cronin and Summerfield put their talents together to produce the finest ever study of early Napoleonic Spanish uniforms... There are over 400 colour drawings including over 104 contemporary illustrations from Ordovas (1805 and 1806), Christopher Suhr, Augsburger and Bradford plus 138 uniform schematics based on Jose Bueno & Lienhart & Humbert; 52 flags and shields are depicted; there is one map, 12 orders of battle and 13 tables. This allows the authors to explore in depth the Spanish Infantry of the period 1798-1811, of La Romana's famous division in Denmark and the troops committed to support the French Invasion of Portugal, which of course resulted in the disastrous collapse of the nation to French forces, but not before the old Spanish Regular Army had fought with distinction particularly at Bailen. This is the one and only book you will need on one of the most exotically dressed armies of the Napoleonic period..."


Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 176

Description:  
 
From the publishers:
 
"...This second volume (Volume II: The Germans in Catalonia 1808-1813) of the woes of the Germans in Spain concentrates on those unfortunate enough to have been thrown into the mincing machine of Catalonia and, in particular, the worst-managed operations of the entire peninsular war: the French sieges of Girona. This city was to become the grave of almost the entire German contingent and many others besides. Extracts from the diaries of participants in this grim fiasco give a totally chilling glimpse into the horrors of siege warfare. In contrast, reports of the operations of Spanish regiments, who acted together with Royal Naval support of the eastern coast of Spain open a window onto the world of highly mobile raids into the French lines of communication there, which helped tie down many thousands of French troops, who should have been conquering the remaining free areas of southern and eastern Spain. Includes 11 colour plates by Bob Marrion of uniforms, based on Ludwig Scharf's interpretations from on-the-spot sketches..."  
 


Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 288

Description:  
 
From the publishers:
 
"...This volume is the beginning of a brand new series devoted to specific units... with 38 colour uniform schema and 50 contemporary colour prints including the superb Opitz plates showing the uniforms of the Cossacks during the occupation of Paris. Here is every piece of information a model soldier painter could desire on the uniforms, flags & equipment, all checked out with the accuracy of Russian source material. More than that, the brief campaign history contains valuable new information based on Russian regimental histories which alters our understanding of the role played by the Guard Cossacks in major engagements..."
 
 


Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 132

Description:  
 
From the publishers:
 
"...All but forgotten by Americans, the War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a dramatic watershed for the young, groundbreaking United States Republic. Ill-prepared to fight the powerful English nation, the U.S. struggled through three years of conflict but emerged more unified with new patriotic symbols like the "Star-Spangled Banner." Much of the fighting occurred in the Chesapeake region and this new book, In Full Glory Reflected, uncovers its gripping stories of devastating raids, heroic defense, gallant privateers, fugitive slaves, and threatened lands. The historic tales unfold with a lively narrative, well over a hundred vivid illustrations, and clear maps to follow the action. In addition, a travel section provides a rich guide for adventurers who want to step back 200 years and explore the tidewater world where the war was fought. In Full Glory Reflected is an enchanting invitation to travel the Star- Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and discover the amazing world of our ancestors..."


Place and publisher: Baltimore: The Maryland Historical Society

Date of publication: 2012

Number of pages: 256


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