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by François Furet,Francoise Melonio,Alan S. Kahan,Alexis de Tocqueville

The Old Regime and the Revolution, Volume II: Notes on the French Revolution and Napoleon epub ebook

Author: François Furet,Francoise Melonio,Alan S. Kahan,Alexis de Tocqueville
Category: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2001)
Pages: 528 pages
ISBN: 0226805336
ISBN13: 978-0226805337
Rating: 4.5
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With his monumental work The Old Regime and the Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)-best known for his classic Democracy in America- envisioned a multivolume philosophic study of the origins of modern France that would examine the implications of French history on the nature and development of democratic society. Volume 1, which covered the eighteenth-century background to the Revolution, was published to great acclaim in 1856.

Alexis de Tocqueville is most well-known for his book Democracy in America, published in two volumes that were . In the view of de Tocqueville, this was has how the Old Regime fell, not so much from the Parisian mobs but from the rats jumping ship.

Alexis de Tocqueville is most well-known for his book Democracy in America, published in two volumes that were released in 1835 and 1840. Sixteen years later he turned his attention to the task of divining the root causes of his own nation's upheaval. The French Revolution required a leveling eye; its truths having been twisted, as they so often are, into convenient justifications for (or against) post-Revolution policy reform. Simon Schama (Citizens) certainly thinks de Tocqueville got things right.

From the Inside Flap. One of the most profound and influential studies of this pivotal event, it remains a relevant and stimulating discussion of the problem of preserving individual and political freedom in the modern world. Alan Kahan's translation provides a faithful, readable rendering of Tocqueville's last masterpiece, and includes notes and variants which reveal Tocqueville's sources and include excerpts from his drafts and revisions.

From the publishers With his monumental work The Old Regime and the Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) – best known for his classic Democracy in America - envisioned a multivolume philosophic study of the origins of modern France that would examine the implications of French history on the nature and development of democratic society

Alan S. Kahan, François Furet, Francoise Melonio.

Alan S.

Book digitized by Google from the library of Harvard University and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Includes bibliographical references and index. v. 1. The complete text - v. 2. Notes on the French Revolution and Napoleon.

François Furet and Françoise Mélonio, trans. Volume II: Notes on the French Revolution and Napoleon, trans. Alan S. Kahan (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), p. 19. oogle Scholar. 5. Françoise Mélonio states that ‘Tocqueville’s God was like Pascal’s, a hidden one - but Nature carries within herself the knowledge of Good and Evil. Mélonio, Tocqueville and the French, trans. Beth G. Raps (London: University Press of Virginia, 1998), p. 6. 7. Letter to Louis de Kergorlay January 1835. Kahan (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), p.

Alan Kahan's new translation finally provides a faithful and readable . His lifelong fascination with the French Revolution and his many books on i. .earned him a special place among historians.

His lifelong fascination with the French Revolution and his many books on i. - "New York Times," 16 July 1997.

L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution (1856) is a work by the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville translated in English as either The Old Regime and the Revolution or The Old Regime and the French Revolution. The book analyzes French society before the French Revolution, the so-called "Ancien Régime", and investigates the forces that caused the Revolution. It is one of the major early historical works on the French Revolution.

With his monumental work The Old Regime and the Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)-best known for his classic Democracy in America— envisioned a multivolume philosophic study of the origins of modern France that would examine the implications of French history on the nature and development of democratic society. Volume 1, which covered the eighteenth-century background to the Revolution, was published to great acclaim in 1856. On the continuation of this project, he wrote: "When this Revolution has finished its work, [this volume] will show what that work really was, and what the new society which has come from that violent labor is, what the Revolution has taken away and what it has preserved from that old regime against which it was directed."Tocqueville died in the midst of this work. Here in volume 2—in clear, up-to-date English—is all that he had completed, including the chapters he started for a work on Napoleon, notes and analyses he made in the course of researching and writing the first volume, and his notes on his preparation for his continuation. Based on the new French edition of The Old Regime, most of the translated texts have never before appeared in English, and many of those that have appeared have been considerable altered. More than ever before, readers will be able to see how Tocqueville's account of the Revolution would have come out, had he lived to finish it. This handsomely produced volume completes the set and is essential reading for anyone interested in the French Revolution or in Tocqueville's thought.
Reviews (3)
Dont_Wory
I criticized this translation when it appeared ("Tocqueville in English", European Journal of Sociology 1999), listing some 60 gross mistakes reflecting ignorance of French grammar. Some of my criticisms were cited and endorsed by P. N. Furbank in his review in The New York Review of Books, April, 8 1999. Furbank wrote that "It is to be hoped that in any future edition the University of Chicago Press will take account of these and the many other criticisms of the translation that Mr. Elster has made". I have not checked systematically, but the passages I looked up have not been modified. I wonder why.

Ucantia
Alexis de Tocqueville is, of course, the most perceptive observer of American democracy ever to grace our shores, his Democracy in America one of the most important books ever written about democracy in general and the American Republic in specific. Here, in a less read work, he takes on the origins of the French Revolution and the peculiar French form of democracy it brought and proves an equally keen observer of his own country and countrymen.
De Tocqueville makes several vital points about the French Revolution: first, that it built gradually and, given circumstances in France, was inevitable; second, where the American Revolution had as its lodestar the ideal of freedom, the French Revolution was motivated by a passionate hatred of inequality; third, the demise of all insitutions other than the monarchy in France made it certain that when Revolution came, it would be violent and unchecked; finally, this combination of factors lead to the bizarre nature of the French Revolution, with no developed institutions to turn to once the King was gone and with no great emphasis placed on freedom, the French people were willing to tolerate the nihilism of the Terror and the authoritarianism of the governments that replaced the monarchy. He does not make the case, but it lies before us, that the American Revolution was fundamentally a positive action, a demand for greater freedom, but the French Revolution was a negative action, a demand that the few not own more than the many.
This book was to be followed by a second volume dealing with the the Revolution itself, but he died before he could continue the work. That is a shame; it would have been interesting to have some more insight from him into the French, it seems unlikely that anyone has ever rendered a better description of his people than the one he offers in his Conclusion:
When I observe France from this angle [their temperament] I find the nation itself far more remarkable than any of the events in its long history. It hardly seems possible that there can ever have existed any other people so full of contrasts and so extreme in all their doings, so much guided by their emotions and so little by fixed principles, always behaving better, or worse, than one expected of them....Undisciplined by temperament, the Frenchman is always readier to put up with arbitrary rule, however harsh, of an autocrat than with a free, well-ordered government by his fellow citizens, however worthy of respect they be. At one moment he is up in arms against authority and the next we find him serving the powers that be with a zeal such as the most servile races never display.
In the context of this paragraph, we can begin to understand Vichy France and the bureaucratic tyranny of the modern French nation. I say "begin"...
GRADE: B+

Zehaffy
Tocqueville has always been, and probably always will be, known as the author of "Democracy in America," a wide-ranging and perspicacious study of the early republic. However, it's when he writes about his own France, and its political system that he knows so intimately, that Tocqueville is at his best. Unlike "Democracy," "The Ancient Regime" is neither sprawling, judgmental, nor inaccurate. These are excusable lapses, of course, in a grand work of poignant analysis, but such deficiencies do not mar "The Ancient Regime." This book is succinct, beautifully written, expertly researched, and incredibly original. Because Tocqueville was French and worked in the French government, this work is much more focused, specific, and accurate than "Democracy" (written hastily after a 9-month tour of America in 1830-31). It is simply a brilliant work, the creation of a curious and sometimes eccentric mind.

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