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Tocqueville and Beyond: Essays on the Old Regime in Honor of David D. Bien Robert M. Schwartz

Tocqueville and Beyond: Essays on the Old Regime in Honor of David D. Bien

Robert M. Schwartz

Published October 1st 2003
ISBN : 9781611492330
Hardcover
300 pages
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This collection of essays by French and American historians testifies to the enduring importance of Alexis de Tocquevilles The Old Regime and the French Revolution, first published in 1856. Highly original in its day and now recognized as a classic,MoreThis collection of essays by French and American historians testifies to the enduring importance of Alexis de Tocquevilles The Old Regime and the French Revolution, first published in 1856. Highly original in its day and now recognized as a classic, The Old Regime has since the 1970s stimulated considerable research and improved our understanding of the French Old Regime. The essays in Tocqueville & Beyond join this trend, drawing on recent research to offer both an appreciation and critique of Tocquevilles remarkable work. Several contributors examine the theme of monarchical centralization and its supposed deleterious effect on political literacy in urban and rural settings, the central thrust of Tocquevilles interpretation. Others treat the nobility, another of his major themes, and several authors take up Tocquevilles critique of the Enlightenment and men of letters. From the wide-ranging perspectives of privileged nobles, men of letters, rural life, and the evolution of centralization and liberty in France as well as the Dutch Republic, these essays attest to the continuing significance of Tocquevilles classic study.