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Jonathan F. Beecher's accomplished study is both a lively life story of one of the most engaging figures among the French romantic intellectuals of the 1840s and a compelling chronicle of early French socialism. Victor Considerant (1808-1893), a follower of the great utopian thinker Charles Fourier, played an important role in the creation of a Fourierist movement and the development of socialist journalism. In the process of conveying a rich understanding of Considerant's life, Beecher traces the rise and fall of French romantic socialism and demonstrates how the utopian visions of thinkers such as Charles Fourier came to inspire a whole generation of young radicals and reformers not only in France but also in Dostoevky's Russia and in the America of Horace Greeley and Margaret Fuller. He paints a vivid portrait of a particularly important period of European intellectual history and gives his readers insight into the experience of a generation of thinkers and political activists. This comprehensive history will become the definitive work on Victor Considerant, and - along with Beecher's classic study of Fourier - a major contribution to the history of French socialism in the nineteenth century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520222977
ISBN-10: 0520222970
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 44mm)
Pages: 600
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Jonathan F. Beecher

Jonathan F. Beecher is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Charles Fourier: The Visionary and His World (California, 1986) and The Utopian Vision of Charles Fourier: Selected Texts on Work, Love, and Passionate Attraction (1971).