Lectures On The History Of The French Revolution; New Ed., With An Author's Last Corrections And An…

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byWilliam Smyth

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855. Excerpt: ... the leaders of the Tiers Etat, the patriots among the clergy and the nobility, could not but have been willing, and could not but have been able, to provide for future calls of the States General. What was wanting to France but a regular return of constituent bodies P What else, to save the country from the former abuses of the monarchy P But the king, it may be said, had they once been regularly dissolved, would never have suffered them to appear again. Supposing, however, that they had not usurped power in the way they did, and given their opponents a case against them, could the growing consequence of the middle and lower orders, could the widely increasing prevalence of the new opinions, could the real advancement made in intelligence and knowledge, taking into account also the undoubted benevolence and patriotism of the king--could all these have been really set aside in this manner, so as to produce no subsequent effect for the improvement of the constitution P Can this be fairly supposed P We must bring candour and temper to the appreciation of these questions of probability, or it will be in vain to read history. The great lesson of revolutionary periods is, in the first place, that which is addressed to the constituted authorities to concede in time; but to the popular party afterwards the lesson is, not to push their victories too far, to leave their opponents sufficiently in good humour, so situated that they may acquiesce without degradation in any new arrangements or diminutions of their power that may have been introduced. The Tiers Etat not only assumed the appellation of National Assembly, that is, voted themselves alone the proper representatives of the community, but possessed of the authority of it, they actually proceeded to exercise i...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855. Excerpt: ... the leaders of the Tiers Etat, the patriots among the clergy and the nobility, could not but have been willing, and could not ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.51 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217964389

ISBN - 13:9780217964388

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