Making democracy in the French Revolution

Livesey, Jim (2001) Making democracy in the French Revolution. Harvard Historical Studies . Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674006249

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Abstract

This work reasserts the importance of the French Revolution to an understanding of the nature of modern European politics and social life. Contemporary scholars 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.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DC History of France
Depositing User: Jim Livesey
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:17
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2012 10:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15654
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