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This book reasserts the importance of the French Revolution to an understanding of the nature of modern European politics and social life. Scholars currently 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. This innovative work rewrites the history of French politics between 1795 and 1799.

About the Author

James Livesey is Reader in History, University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Modern Republicanism and Revolution

2. Happiness Universal? Commercial Republicanism and Revolution

3. The Agricultural Republic as Rhetoric and Practice

4. Big Theories and Small Farms

5. Learning to Be Free: The Educational System of the Commercial Republic

6. Dance Like Republican: Public Culture, Religion, and the Arts

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674006249
Author:
Livesey, James
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
History
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
France
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Republicanism
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
France History Revolution, 1789-1799.
Subject:
France Politics and government 1789-1799.
Subject:
World History-France
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Harvard Historical Studies (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
Volume 140
Publication Date:
October 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 24 oz

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