A major contribution to the understanding of one of the most important strands of modern political thought.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Political thought in eighteenth century France: the invention of aristocratic liberalism; 2. Liberty and inequality: the Royalist discourse; 3. A society of equals: the liberal response; 4. Liberty in a levelled society: Charles Dunoyer, Benjamin Constant, and Prosper de Barante; 5. The new aristocracy: a theme in Restoration liberalism; 6. The danger of democracy: Orleanist liberalism and Alexis de Tocqueville; 7. The French predicament: aristocratic liberalism in the second empire; Epilogue; Bibliography.
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