The History of the Origins of Representative Government in Europe

The History of the Origins of Representative Government in Europe

by François Guizot

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Overview

The French political philosopher and historian François Guizot (1787–1874) was one of the French Doctrinaires, thinkers who sought to avoid the interpretations of the Revolution advanced by either extreme of Left or Right. He argued that in order to understand the nature of political institutions it is necessary to study first the society, its composition, mores, and the relation between various classes. At the very center of his theory lies the principle of the sovereignty of reason.

Aurelian Craiutu, Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, writes in the Introduction: “A cursory look at the table of contents shows the originality of this unusual book: it combines lengthy narrative chapters full of historical details with theoretical chapters in which Guizot reflects on the principles, goals, and institutions of representative government.” The first part of the book covers the period from the fifth to the eleventh centuries and such topics as the “true” principles of representative government and the origin and consequences of the sovereignty of the people. The second part spans the Norman Conquest to the reign of the Tudors in England and analyzes the architecture of the English Constitutional monarchy.

François Guizot (1787–1874) was a French historian, political philosopher, and politician.

Aurelian Craiutu is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865971240
Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc.
Publication date: 01/14/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION TO THE LIBERTY FUND EDITION VII EDITOR’S NOTE XVII PREFACE XVIII ORIGINAL TABLE OF CONTENTS XXI REPRESENTATIVE INSTITUTIONS IN ENGLAND, FRANCE, AND SPAIN, FROM THE FIFTH TO THE ELEVENTH CENTURY, LECTURES 1-26 1
ESSAYS OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN ENGLAND, FROM THE CONQUEST TILL THE REIGN OF THE TUDORS, LECTURES 1-25 219 INDEX 437

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