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Constant : Political Writings - Benjamin Constant


Political Writings

Paperback Published: 9th January 1989
ISBN: 9780521316323
Number Of Pages: 366

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This is the first English translation of the major political works of Benjamin Constant, one of the most important of modern French political theorists and writers. A Swiss protestant by birth, Constant was a prominent figure in French political life in the aftermath of the revolution of 1789, and a leading member of the liberal opposition to Napoleon and, subsequently, to the restored Bourbon monarchy. His writings are widely regarded as one of the classical formulations of modern liberal doctrine, and Constant's own closeness to the Anglo-Saxon political tradition renders their translation into English particularly appropriate. The novel Adolphe has hitherto been Constant's only work freely available outside France, emphasising his importance within European Romanticism and his centrality to French literary development in the nineteenth century. This translation of Constant's political writings is replete with full editorial apparatus and bibliographic information that will enable anglophone students of liberal thought to engage at first hand with one of its most durable and influential exponents.

Theory and Overview
The issue
The overview
Property rights in land and man
Economic conditions at the end of the Early Middle Ages
The High Middle Ages: a fronier movement
Thirteenth-century Europe
The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
Fiscal policy and property rights
The Early Modern period
France and Spain - the also-rans
The Netherlands and successful economic growth
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ISBN: 9780521316323
ISBN-10: 0521316324
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 9th January 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.87  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.49

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