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Tocqueville, Alexis de; Gilbert, Stuart -Trans

Published by Doubleday & Company - Anchor, Garden City, NY (1983)

ISBN 10: 0385092601 ISBN 13: 9780385092609

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About this Item: Doubleday & Company - Anchor, Garden City, NY, 1983. Softcover. Condition: Very Good+. First Edition Thus. Marfree, acidfree Fine early prtg w/ Leonard Baskin cov; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; 0.8 x 7.9 x 4.9 Inches; 300 pages; Radical but effective change of perspective, April 5, 2004 By Bel Alcat (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) wrote many books, but his best-known one is probably "Democracy in America". Despite that, reading "The Old Regime and the Revolution" (1856) is essential in order to understand how much Tocqueville contributed to an accurate analysis of the present and past of his society, and to Political Science. Why is "The Old Regime and the Revolution" a classic? Why do teachers keep recommending it to their students? In my opinion, the answer to both those questions is that this book is an example of the kind of work a political scientist is capable of producing, if inclined to do so. Here, Tocqueville doesn't pay attention to the conventionally accepted truth, but looks beyond it, in order to form his own opinion. And when the result of that process is shocking, he doesn't back down bounded by conventions: he simply states his conclusions.In "The Old Regime and the Revolution" Alexis de Tocqueville does what at his time was considered more or less unthinkable: to put into question the revolutionary character of.the French Revolution. He said that the only way to understand what happened in 1789 was to study the previous social processes, and to find what they have in common with what came about later. This change of perspective was radical, but effective. It didn't presuppose anything, and so it helped the author to arrive to a seemingly strange conclusion: that the French Revolution had not only continued with the social processes that were taking place in France, but accentuated them. For example, the governmental centralization was much worse after 1789. In a way, then, the French Revolution only carried forward with what the Old Regime had already started.On the whole, I recommend this book mainly to those interested in French History and Political Science. It isn't overly easy to read, but you will realize that it is full of interesting information, and permeated by a painstakingly careful analysis regarding social processes that is remarkable. In my opinion, "The Old Regime and the Revolution" is a book that you won't regret buying :). Seller Inventory # 22513

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