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L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution (original 1856; edition 1985)

by Alexis de Tocqueville

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Title:L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution
Authors:Alexis de Tocqueville
Info:Editions Flammarion (1985), Edition: Ed. rev. et corr, Poche
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The Old Regime and the French Revolution by Alexis de Tocqueville (1856)

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  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
I read this excellent first volume of de Tocqueville's planned history of the French Revolution (he didn't live to complete it, alas) in my senior year in college, in a senior seminar on the Russian Revolution. A thorough exegesis of why the French ancien regime was ripe for downfall in 1789. ( )
  SusannainSC | Mar 31, 2013 |
Toqueville's study of how the development of institutions under the Ancien Régime laid the ground for the Revolution.
  Fledgist | Sep 30, 2006 |
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No great historical event is better calculated than the French Revolution to teach political writers and statesmen to be cautious in their speculations; for never was any such event, stemming from factors so far back in the past, so inevitable yet so completely unforseen.
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Ce livre n'est point une histoire de la Révolution. C'est une étude sur cette Révolution. Les Français ont fait en 1789 le plus grand effort auquel se soit jamais livré aucun peuple, afin de couper pour ainsi dire en deux leur destinée (...). J'avais toujours pensé qu'ils avaient beaucoup moins réussi dans cette singulière entreprise qu'on ne l'avait cru au dehors et qu'ils ne l'avaient cru d'abord eux-mêmes. (...) De telle sorte que, pour bien comprendre et la Révolution et son oeuvre, il fallait oublier un moment la France que nous voyons, et aller interroger dans son tombeau la France qui n'est plus. C'est ce que j'ai cherché à faire ici.
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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.

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One of the most important books ever written about the French Revolution, this treatise is the work of a celebrated political thinker and historian. Alexis de Tocqueville reveals the rebellion's origins and consequences by examining France's political and cultural environment during the late eighteenth century. His view of the revolution as part of a gradual and ongoing social process, rather than a sudden occurrence, offers timeless insights into the pursuit of individual and political freedom. Originally published in 1856, the survey begins with a consideration of the contradictory opinions surrounding the revolution's outbreak. It takes an in-depth look at the old regime, including its administration, tribunals, official manners and customs, internecine quarrels, and class divisions. Tocqueville explores a range of influences on the rebellion's development, including the political rise of the nation's literary figures, the growth of antireligious attitudes, and the widespread desire for reform and liberty. This modestly priced edition of his scholarly study is essential reading for anyone with an interest in political philosophy, Enlightenment history, and the French Revolution.… (more)

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