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The Shaping of Liberal Politics in Revolutionary France : A Comparative Perspective.

By: Sa'adah, Anne.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Princeton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (265 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400861507.Subject(s): France -- Politics and government -- 1789-1799 | Jacobins -- France -- History -- 18th century | Liberalism -- France -- History -- 18th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Shaping of Liberal Politics in Revolutionary France : A Comparative PerspectiveDDC classification: 320.5/1/0944 LOC classification: DC155 -- .S23 1990Online resources: Click here to view book
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The title of this book is misleading because it gives the impression that it focuses only on revolutionary France. Yet it is a brilliant comparative work that compares the English, American, and French Revolutions on the "liberal route to modernity." Although Crane Brinton in his Anatomy of Revolution (1952) takes a more diversified approach in analyzing the English, American, French, and Russian revolutions, Sa'adah skillfully examines the dynamics of liberal politics as they relate to conflict and community. Her primary thesis is that this tension resulted in a pattern of politics in revolutionary England and America that was different from France. In England and America, there was an ideological base that decentralized political authority emerging in a "politics of transaction" and stability. In France, there was no leadership under the moderates; Jacobinism resulted in a "politics of exclusion" with Robespierre as its practitioner. This shaping of liberal politics in France ended in political instability. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -C. A. Gliozzo, Michigan State University

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