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Re-Writing the French Revolutionary Tradition : Liberal Opposition and the Fall of the Bourbon Monarchy - Robert Alexander

Re-Writing the French Revolutionary Tradition

Liberal Opposition and the Fall of the Bourbon Monarchy

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This book examines the politics of the French Revolutionary tradition during the Bourbon Restoration and early July Monarchy. Robert Alexander argues that political change was achieved by legal grassroots organisation and persuasion - rather than by the revolutionary tradition of conspiracy and armed insurrection. Moreover, political struggle was not confined to the elite, as common material values linked the electorate to those deprived of the power to vote. Battle between advocates of national and royal sovereignty constituted the principal dynamic of the period, and fostered significant developments in party formation previously unrecognised by historians. To substantiate his claims, the author analyses relations among the Liberal Opposition, ultraroyalists and the state, concluding that although Liberals triumphed in the 1830 Revolution, thereafter they contributed to the destabilisation that produced an immobile Orleanist regime. Nevertheless, they had pioneered a model for change which could successfully adapt pursuit of reform to longing for civil order.

'Professor Alexander's well-researched and carefully argued study is a welcome addition to the literature of a comparatively neglected period of French history.' William Fortescue, University of Kent, History 'A well-grounded scholarly study ... Alexander's work will play a major role in studies on the post-1815 period ...' Journal of European Studies 'This is an invaluable scholarly contribution to a welcome revival of interest in the early nineteenth century ... specialists will delight in the detailed empirical research and stimulating broad arguments.' The English Historical Review

Introduction: open questions
False starts and uncertain beginnings, from the first Restoration (May 1814) to the elections of September 1816
Battle commences, from September 1816 to July 1820
Self-defeating opposition, from July 1820 to February 1824
Back on track, from March 1824 to January 1828
Towards victory? January 1828 to July 1830
Aftermath: liberal opposition and the July Revolution
Conclusion: revolutionary tradition
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ISBN: 9780521801225
ISBN-10: 0521801222
Series: New Studies in European History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 26th January 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.76