Tocqueville The Ancien R�gime and the French Revolution

ISBN-10: 0521718910
ISBN-13: 9780521718912
Edition: 2011
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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

"This new translation of an undisputed classic aims to be both accurate and readable. Tocqueville's subtlety of style and profundity of thought offer a challenge to readers as well as to translators. As both a Tocqueville scholar and an award-winning translator, Arthur Goldhammer is uniquely qualified for the task. In his Introduction, Jon Elster draws on his recent work to lay out the structure of Tocqueville's argument. Readers will appreciate The Ancien Regime and the French Revolution for its sense of irony as well as tragedy, for its deep insights into political psychology, and for its impassioned defense of liberty"--

Jon Elster is Professor of Rationalit� et sciences sociales at College de France, and Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is author of Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective .

Arthur Goldhammer is the translator for numerous books including Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement, Algerian Chronicles, The Society of Equals, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.

Introduction
Bibliographical Note
Chronology
Foreword
Contradictory Judgments of the Revolution at Its Inception
That the Fundamental and Final Purpose of the Revolution Was Not, as Some Have Thought, to Destroy Religious Authority and Weaken Political Authority
How the French Revolution Was a Political Revolution That Proceeded in the Manner of Religious Revolutions, and Why
How Almost All of Europe Had Exactly the Same Institutions, and How Those Institutions Were Crumbling Everywhere
What Was the Essential Achievement of the French Revolution?
Why Feudal Prerogatives Had Become More Odious to the People in France Than Anywhere Else
Why Administrative Centralization Is an Institution of the Ancien R�gime and Not, As Some Say, the Work of the Revolution or Empire
How What Today Is Called Administrative Tutelage Is an Institution of the Ancien R�gime
How Administrative Justice and the Immunity of Public Officials Were Institutions of the Ancien R�gime
How Centralization Was Thus Able to Insinuate Itself among the Old Powers and Supplant Them Without Destroying Them
On Administrative Mores under the Ancien R�gime
How France, of All the Countries of Europe, Was Already the One in Which the Capital Had Achieved the Greatest Preponderance over the Provinces and Most Fully Subsumed the Entire Country
That France Was the Country Where People Had Become Most Alike
How Men So Similar Were More Separate Than Ever, Divided into Small Groups Alien and Indifferent to One Another
How the Destruction of Political Liberty and the Separation of Classes Caused Nearly All the Maladies That Proved Fatal to the Ancien R�gime
On the Kind of Liberty to Be Found under the Ancien R�gime and Its Influence on the Revolution
How, Despite the Progress of Civilization, the Condition of the French Peasant Was Sometimes Worse in the eighteenth Century Than It Had Been in the Thirteenth
How, Toward the Middle of the eighteenth Century, Men of Letters Became the Country's Leading Politicians, and the Effects That Followed from This
How Irreligion Was Able to Become a General and Dominant Passion in eighteenth-Century France, and How It Influenced the Character of the Revolution
How the French Wanted Reforms Before They Wanted Liberties
That the Reign of Louis XVI Was the Most Prosperous Era of the Old Monarchy, and How That Very Prosperity Hastened the Revolution
How Attempts to Relieve the People Stirred Them to Revolt
On Some Practices That Helped the Government Complete the People's Revolutionary Education
How a Great Administrative Revolution Preceded the Political Revolution, and on the Consequences It Had
How the Revolution Emerged Naturally from the Foregoing
Appendix: On the Pays d'�tat, and in Particular Languedoc
Notes
Index

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