Recollections On The French Revolu / Edition 1

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Overview

Tocqueville was not only an active participant in the French Revolution of 1848, he was also a deeply perceptive observer with a detached attitude of mind. He saw the pitfalls of the course his country was taking more clearly than any of his contemporaries, including Karl Marx. Recollections was first written for self-clarification. It is both an exciting, candid, behind-the-scenes account of what actually happened during those tumultuous months and a remarkably shrewd analysis that has become an accurate forecast of future societies wrestling with the dilemma of synthesizing equality and freedom. Thus the book has a relevance that extends beyond France, to our own country and others, a relevance that is explored in J.P. Mayer’s new introduction.

Out of print in English for several years, Recollections is presented here in a translation based on the definitive French edition of 1964. It captures the wit and subtlety of mind that have made this book one of the most popular of all Tocqueville’s works. Tocqueville’s own comments, which he wrote into the manuscript, including his variants, are given, and the editors have added explanatory notes.

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“The Recollections place Tocqueville in a new light. Criticism, when he can express himself freely, passes into satire. In virtue, further, of his supreme analytical power, he becomes more than a humorist; he turns into an historic painter of unrivalled brilliancy and exhibits himself as the satirist of every man, friend or foe, who for a moment plays his part in the shifting scenes of the revolutionary drama.”

– A.V. Dicey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887386589
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Series: Social Science Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

J.P. Mayer, director of the Tocqueville Center at the University of Reading, is editor-in-chief of the definitive edition of Tocqueville’s works. Author of many books on political science and sociology, he has recently edited Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and Journeys to England and Ireland.

Fernand Braudel is a member of The French Academy.

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