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Re-Writing the French Revolutionary Tradition: Liberal Opposition and the Fall of the Bourbon Monarchy

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Examining the politics of the French Revolutionary tradition during the nineteenth century Bourbon Restoration and early July Monarchy, Robert Alexander argues that political struggle was not confined to the elite. The Restoration Liberal Opposition developed a reform tradition based on legal organization and persuasion, which would prove far more effective in achieving progressive change than the revolutionary tradition of conspiracy and insurrection. Alexander analyzes relations among the Liberal Opposition, ultra-royalists and the state to support his claims.

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"This carefully nuanced, scrupulously researched study is written for advanced scholars of modern France." History

" excellent book that is as informative as it is thought-provoking." The Journal of Modern History Helena Rosenblatt, Hunter College and teh Graduate Center, CUNY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521801225
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: New Studies in European History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 385
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander is Professor of History at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has previously published with Cambridge University Press on Bonapartism and Revolutionary Tradition in France (1991).


A devoted Russophile, Robert Alexander has studied at Leningrad State University, worked for the U.S. government, and traveled extensively throughout Russia. While he's already made a name for himself with his series of bestselling mysteries (written as R. D. Zimmerman), he has also written a well-received trilogy of Russian historical novels (The Kitchen Boy, Rasputin's Daughter, The Romanov Bride) about the last days of Empire.

Good To Know

In our interview, Alexander shared some fun and fascinating facts about himself with us:

"Most of my friends know: I'm much too outgoing to be living in quarantine, as I do (as any writer does). Most of my friends don't know: I can ride a unicycle, I can't balance my checkbook, I broke my back going over a ski jump, and I was once enrolled in Meats 104 and Beverage 111 at a prominent School of Hotel and Restaurants, which prompted me to drop out and start my first novel."

"What I would like to know about me from someone is, why do I keep going to Russia? I've been going there for 28 years, and it's definitely not a place to unwind. But it certainly is always interesting. And that's where I met my domestic partner, Lars, and we've now been together 25 years. And it's also where I met my business partner, Meri, and we've been in business now almost 14 years -- we have a customs clearance business and Barabu, a small chain of espresso/wine bars. And I always come up with some weird story idea over there. So maybe I just answered my own question.

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    1. Also Known As:
      R. D. Zimmerman, M. Masters
    2. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 23, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Russian Language and Creative Writing, Michigan State University, 1976

Table of Contents

List of maps; List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations used in notes; Introduction: open questions; 1. False starts and uncertain beginnings: from the First Restoration (May 1814) to the elections of September 1816; 2. Battle commences: from September 1816 to July 1820; 3. Self-defeating opposition: from July 1820 to February 1824; 4. Back on track: from March 1824 to January 1828; 5. Towards victory?: from January 1828 to July 1830; 6. Aftermath: liberal opposition and the July Revolution; Conclusion: revolutionary tradition; Bibliography; Index.

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