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Recollections: The French Revolution Of 1848 And Its Aftermath [Hardcover]

Item : Recollections: The French Revolution Of 1848 And Its Aftermath [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Alexis de Tocqueville
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0813939011
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780813939018
Publisher Publisher : University of Virginia Press
Pages Pages : 392
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100032700

Alexis de Tocquevilles Souvenirs was his extraordinarily lucid and trenchant analysis of the 1848 revolution in France. Despite its bravura passages and stylistic flourishes, however, it was not intended for publication. Written just before Louis-Napol?on Bonapartes 1851 coup prompted the great theorist of democracy to retire from political life, it was initially conceived simply as an exercise in candid personal reflection. In Recollections: The French Revolution of 1848 and Its Aftermath, renowned historian Olivier Zunz and award-winning translator Arthur Goldhammer offer an entirely new translation of Tocquevilles compelling book.

The book has an interesting publishing history. Yielding to pressure from friends, Tocqueville finally approved its publication, although only after those portrayed in the workmost, unflatteringlyhad died. After Tocquevilles death, his grandnephew published a redacted version, but it was not until 1942 that French editors restored the potentially offensive passages.

Goldhammers is the first English translation to do justice to Tocquevilles original uncensored masterpiece of analytical description, stylistic subtlety, vivid social panorama, and incisive critique of political blundering and cowardice. Zunzs introductionand his addition of several of Tocquevilles ancillary speeches, occasional texts, and lettersround out a unique volume that significantly enhances our understanding of the revolutionary period and Tocquevilles role in it. In this new edition, Zunz highlights the persistent influence of the United States on the life and work of a man who tirelessly, albeit futilely, promoted the American model of government for the New French Republic.

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