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Re-Writing the French Revolutionary Tradition
Liberal Opposition and the Fall of the Bourbon Monarchy

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Part of New Studies in European History

  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039765

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  • Examining the politics of the French Revolutionary tradition during the nineteenth century Bourbon Restoration and early July Monarchy, Robert Alexander argues that political struggle was not confined to the elite. The Restoration Liberal Opposition developed a reform tradition based on legal organization and persuasion, which would prove far more effective in achieving progressive change than the revolutionary tradition of conspiracy and insurrection. Alexander analyzes relations among the Liberal Opposition, ultra-royalists and the state to support his claims.

    • Presents an interesting interpretation of the nature of revolutionary tradition
    • Challenges interpretations that divorce elite and popular politics and reveals previously unrecognized developments in party formation
    • Based on extensive archival study which integrates national and local politics
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    "This carefully nuanced, scrupulously researched study is written for advanced scholars of modern France." History

    " excellent book that is as informative as it is thought-provoking." The Journal of Modern History Helena Rosenblatt, Hunter College and teh Graduate Center, CUNY

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039765
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations used in notes
    Introduction: open questions
    1. False starts and uncertain beginnings: from the First Restoration (May 1814) to the elections of September 1816
    2. Battle commences: from September 1816 to July 1820
    3. Self-defeating opposition: from July 1820 to February 1824
    4. Back on track: from March 1824 to January 1828
    5. Towards victory?: from January 1828 to July 1830
    6. Aftermath: liberal opposition and the July Revolution
    Conclusion: revolutionary tradition

  • Author

    Robert Alexander, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    Robert Alexander is Professor of History at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has previously published with Cambridge University Press on Bonapartism and Revolutionary Tradition in France (1991).

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