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Alan Kahan's new translation finally provides a faithful and readable rendering in English of Tocqueville's last masterpiece, surpassing existing English editions of the work which are now decades old. The first translation to be based on the forthcoming French critical edition, it includes notes and variants, which reveal Tocqueville's sources as well as new material from his drafts and revisions. The reader will also find a new introduction and other discussions by France's most eminent scholars on Tocqueville and the French Revolution, Françoise Mélonio and the late François Furet.
A major scholarly event, this handsomely produced book will be the definitive English edition of one of the great books in modern intellectual history.
François Furet (1992-1997) was the leading French historian of the Revolution and, according to the New York Times, "one of the most influential French thinkers of the post-war era." Françoise Mélonio is the editor of Gallimard's critical edition of Tocqueville's complete works.
"Françoise Furet . . . challenged the popular Marxist interpretation of the French Revolution and reshaped French thinking about subsequent events. His lifelong fascination with the French Revolution and his many books on it . . . earned him a special place among historians."-New York Times, 16 July 1997
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.
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
Notes and Variants
Posted August 17, 2009
This book is a must read for anyone interested in European history. The chapters are throughly reasearched and artfully described. His explanations of the causes leading to the revolution of 1789 show the effect of decisions, but read as fresh for the political climates of the world today as if a contemporary treatment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.