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The Old Regime and the French Revolution

The Old Regime and the French Revolution

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by Alexis De Tocqueville, A. P. Kerr (Editor), J. P. Mayer (Editor)

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The most important contribution to our understanding of the French Revolution was written almost one hundred years ago by Alexis de Tocqueville.


The most important contribution to our understanding of the French Revolution was written almost one hundred years ago by Alexis de Tocqueville.

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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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Gertrude Himmelfarb
A new translation and annotated edition of Tocqueville's The Old Regime and the Revolution would be a noteworthy publiching event on its own. The addition of a substantial essay by Francois Furet, France's preeminent historian, and Francoise Melonio, the editor of Tocqueville's collected works, makes it a major intellectual event as well. The Old Regime now takes its rightful place next to Democracy in America among the seminal documents of our time—as much as of Tocqueville's.

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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.