The Old Regime and the French Revolution / Edition 1

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The Old Regime and the Revolution is Alexis de Tocqueville's great meditation on the origins and meanings of the French Revolution. One of the most profound and influential studies of this pivotal event, it remains a relevant and stimulating discussion of the problem of preserving individual and political freedom in the modern world. Alan Kahan's translation provides a faithful, readable rendering of Tocqueville's last masterpiece, and includes notes and variants which reveal Tocqueville's sources and include excerpts from his drafts and revisions. The introduction by France's most eminent scholars of Tocqueville and the French Revolution, Françoise Mélonio and the late François Furet, provides a brilliant analysis of the work.

First published in 1856, Tocqueville's examination of the French Revolution is perhaps a most important contribution to our understaning of this keystone of modern history.

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Editorial Reviews

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
The first English translation of the forthcoming edition of the work to be published in France by Gallimard under the direction of Francoise M<'e>lonio and Francois Furet. Tocqueville's meditation on the origins and meanings of the French Revolution has been up-dated with current English vocabulary and usage making the classic accessible to general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226805306
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2015
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan S. Kahan is an associate professor in the history department at Florida International University and the author of Aristocratic Liberalism and Liberalism in Nineteeth-Century Europe.

François Furet (1927-1997) was Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and also professor in  the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. English translations of his many works include Interpreting the French Revolution, The Passing of an Illusion: The Idea of Communism in the Twentieth Century, and In the Workshop of History, the latter two published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword

by François Furet and Françoise Mélonio
The Genesis of The Old Regime and the Revolution
The Structure of the Work: Book One The Structure of the Work: Book Two The Structure of the Work: Book Three The Evolution of the Work Tocqueville's Files, Manuscripts, and Proofs Note on This Edition

BOOK ONE Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five

BOOK TWO Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve

BOOK THREE Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Appendix

Tocqueville's Notes
Notes and Variants

Alan S. Kahan is an associate professor in the history department at Florida International University and the author of Aristocratic Liberalism and Liberalism in Nineteeth-Century Europe.

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