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Description - Making Democracy in the French Revolution by James Livesey

This work reasserts the importance of the French Revolution to an understanding of the nature of modern European politics and social life. Contemporary scholars argue that the French Revolution did not significantly contribute to the development of modern political values. They no longer hold that the study of the Revolution offers any particular insight into the dynamics of historical change. James Livesey contends that contemporary historical study is devalued through this misinterpretation of the French Revolution and offers an alternative approach and a new thesis. Livesey argues that the European model of democracy was created in the Revolution, a model with very specific commitments that differentiate it from Anglo-American liberal democracy. The fundamental argument in the book is that these democratic values were created by identifiable actors seeking to answer political, economic, and social problems. The book traces the development of this democratic idea within the structures of the French Republic and the manner in which the democratic aspiration moved beyond formal politics to become embedded in institutions of economic and cultural life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674006249
ISBN-10: 0674006240
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James Livesey

James Livesey is Reader in History, University of Sussex.

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