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Ideas in Context: Series Number 89

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Ideas in Context: Series Number 89 by Annelien De Dijn
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This study makes a major contribution to our understanding of one of the most important and enduring strands of modern political thought. Annelien de Dijn argues that Montesquieu's aristocratic liberalism - his conviction that the preservation of freedom in a monarchy required the existence of an aristocratic 'corps intermediaire' - had a continued impact on post-revolutionary France. Revisionist historians from Furet to Rosanvallon have emphasised the impact of revolutionary republicanism on post-revolutionary France, with its monist conception of politics and its focus on popular sovereignty. Dr de Dijn, however, highlights the persistence of a pluralist liberalism that was rooted in the Old Regime, and which saw democracy and equality as inherent threats to liberty. She thus provides an alternative context in which to read the work of Alexis de Tocqueville, who is revealed as the heir not just of Restoration liberals, but also of the Royalists and their hero, Montesquieu.

Author Biography

Annelien de Dijn is a postdoctoral researcher in the History Department of the University of Leuven.
Release date Australia
February 21st, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
222
Dimensions
152x229x16
ISBN-13
9780521877886
Product ID
2162053

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