978-0-691-00569-0 / 9780691005690

Age of the Democratic Revolution, Vol. 1: The Challenge


Publisher:Princeton University Press



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From Preface: "There have been a great many works on the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the beginnings of the parliamentary reform movement in Great Britain, and on Irish affairs, as also, though less known in the English-speaking world, on the several countries of continental Europe during this revolutionary era. This book attempts to bring all these national histories together. It rests heavily upon the work of others, for except in certain parts, notably Chapter I, IX, XIV, and XV, where I have been able to make use of researches of my own, it is built up from monographs, special studies, and collections of printed documents made by scholars in many countries over a long period of years. The book is therefore an example of what we have come to know as a historical synthesis, and I have accordingly thought it necessary to give detailed references, even at the cost of an unseemly parade of documentation, some of it in languages which I make no pretence of understanding and have been able to use only through the assistance of others. The book may be thought of also as an attempt at a comparative constitutional history of Western Civilization at the time of the French and American Revolutions; but 'constitutional' is to be understood in a broad sense, without much emphasis on formal provisions, and in close connection with the political, social, and intellectual currents and the actual conflicts at the time. Much of the book deals with the nature of public authority and private rights, of law, sovereignty, and political representation - or with liberty and equality, and with 'fraternity' also, if fraternity be taken to mean the sense of equal membership in the community...."

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