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Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty : War, Religion, Commerce, Climate, Terrain, Technology, Uneasiness of Mind, the Spirit of Political Vigilance, and the Foundations of the Modern Republic - Paul Anthony Rahe

Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty

War, Religion, Commerce, Climate, Terrain, Technology, Uneasiness of Mind, the Spirit of Political Vigilance, and the Foundations of the Modern Republic

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This fresh examination of the works of Montesquieu seeks to understand the shortcomings of the modern democratic state in light of this great political thinker's insightful critique of commercial republicanism. The western democracies' muted response to victory in the Cold War signaled the presence of a pervasive discontent, a sense that despite this victory liberal democracy itself was deeply flawed. Paul A. Rahe argues that to understand this phenomenon we must re-examine--starting with Montesquieu--the nature of liberal democracy, its character, and its propensities. In a brilliant exposition of the works of Montesquieu Rahe identifies the profound sense of uneasiness fostered by the modern republic as a source of weakness and as the principal cause of the present discontents.

"'This is a beautifully crafted, erudite work that stimulates thought, challenges old views and invites us to heed the dangers implicit in what might disarmingly appear to be a triumphant and safe liberal democratic market order.' Henry Farrell, Times Higher Education Supplement"

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xxiii
The Modern Republic Discovered
Prefacep. 3
After the Fallp. 6
Rome Eclipsedp. 27
Carthage Ascendantp. 43
The Modern Republic Explored
Prefacep. 63
Principlesp. 65
Uneasinessp. 86
Partisanshipp. 103
Corruptionp. 118
The Modern Republic in Prospect
Prefacep. 147
Nature's Dominionp. 150
Commercial Civilizationp. 170
Monarchy's Plightp. 186
Democracies Based on Commercep. 212
Afterwardsp. 239
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780300168082
ISBN-10: 030016808X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 31st August 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54