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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: July 2011

5 - Historians and lawyers

from I - Political thought after the French Revolution
Summary
In the nineteenth century, the general concept of revolution became a major presence in political thought. For historians revolution was an uncommon and dramatic set of events challenging their powers of interpretation; for lawyers it was a break in continuity threatening the legitimacy of existing institutions and also their own assumptions and livelihood. The philosophical school had found a home in France and, in the wake of the Revolution, a social laboratory for its theories and aspirations. In the nineteenth century, law and history as well as political thought were shaped, and then haunted, by the ideologies and realities of the French Revolution. In many ways German political thought was dependent on legal tradition in the wake of the French Revolution. According to Edmund Burke, the English Revolution was made to preserve the antient indisputable law and liberties, and the antient constitution of government.
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The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought
  • Online ISBN: 9780511973581
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521430562
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