French Political Thought from Montesquieu to Tocqueville
Liberty in a Levelled Society?
By (author) Annelien de Dijn
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French Political Thought from Montesquieu to Tocqueville by Annelien de Dijn
Book DescriptionThis study makes a major contribution to our understanding of one of the most important and enduring strands of modern political thought. Annelien de Dijn argues that Montesquieu's aristocratic liberalism - his conviction that the preservation of freedom in a monarchy required the existence of an aristocratic 'corps intermediaire' - had a continued impact on post-revolutionary France. Revisionist historians from Furet to Rosanvallon have emphasised the impact of revolutionary republicanism on post-revolutionary France, with its monist conception of politics and its focus on popular sovereignty. Dr de Dijn, however, highlights the persistence of a pluralist liberalism that was rooted in the Old Regime, and which saw democracy and equality as inherent threats to liberty. She thus provides an alternative context in which to read the work of Alexis de Tocqueville, who is revealed as the heir not just of Restoration liberals, but also of the Royalists and their hero, Montesquieu.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521877886
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Annelien de Dijn
French Political Thought from Montesquieu to Tocqueville, Paperback (March 2011)
A major contribution to the understanding of one of the most important strands of modern political thought.
Reading Tocqueville, Hardback (November 2007)» View all books by Annelien de Dijn
This volume sets up a dialogue between the 'historical' and the 'contemporary' Tocqueville. How does a contextualization of Tocqueville, or a focus on his embeddedness in nineteenth-century political culture, add to our understanding of his political thought? How has the use of his writings in political debate influenced the reception of his work?
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Author Biography - Annelien de Dijn
Annelien de Dijn is a postdoctoral researcher in the History Department of the University of Leuven.
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