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The Invention of the Modern Republic

The Invention of the Modern Republic

Biancamaria Fontana, Wilfreid Nippel, Bernard Manin, Gerolamo Imbruglia, Patrice Gueniffey, Pasquale Pasquino, Biancamaria Fontana, Anthony Pagden, Gareth Stedman Jones, François Furet, Pierre Rosanvallon, John Dunn
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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033763

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  • Why are republics the most common form of political organization, and the one most readily associated with modern democracy, when until the late eighteenth-century it was generally believed that republics could function only in small urban territories with considerable ethical and political cohesion? In The Invention of the Modern Republic a team of highly distinguished historians of ideas answers this question, and examines the origins of republican governments in America and Europe. These essays explain why from 1776 onwards republics took the place of monarchies as the dominant form of government in the modern world. Given the renewed interest in the functioning and evolution of democratic institutions (especially in their relation with market economies) the issues discussed in The Invention of the Modern Republic have a powerful contemporary resonance.

    • Major collection featuring some very big names e.g. Furet, Dunn, Stedman Jones
    • Topical theme - republicanism very much in contemporary agenda
    • Broad international and comparative focus
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    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033763
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: the invention of the modern republic Biancamaria Fontana
    1. Ancient and modern republicanism: 'mixed constitution' and 'ephors' Wilfried Nippel
    2. Checks, balances and boundaries: the separation of powers in the constitutional debate of 1787 Bernard Manin
    3. From Utopia to repulicanism: the case of Diderot Gerolamo Imbruglia
    4. Cordeliers and Girondins: the prehistory of the republic? Patrice Gueniffey
    5. The constitutional republicanism of Emmanuel Sieyès Pasquale Pasquino
    6. The Thermidorian republic and its principles Biancamaria Fontana
    7. Francesco Mario Pagano's 'Republic of Virtue': Naples 1799 Anthony Pagden
    8. Kant, the French revolution and the definition of the republic Gareth Stedman Jones
    9. French historians and the reconstruction of the republican tradition, 1800–1848 François Furet
    10. The republic of universal suffrage Pierre Rosanvallon
    11. The identity of the bourgeois liberal republic John Dunn
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Biancamaria Fontana, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

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    Biancamaria Fontana, Wilfreid Nippel, Bernard Manin, Gerolamo Imbruglia, Patrice Gueniffey, Pasquale Pasquino, Biancamaria Fontana, Anthony Pagden, Gareth Stedman Jones, François Furet, Pierre Rosanvallon, John Dunn

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