Reimagining Politics After The Terror: The Republican Origins Of French Liberalism by Andrew JainchillReimagining Politics After The Terror: The Republican Origins Of French Liberalism by Andrew Jainchill

Reimagining Politics After The Terror: The Republican Origins Of French Liberalism

byAndrew Jainchill

Hardcover | October 9, 2008

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In the wake of the Terror, France's political and intellectual elites set out to refound the Republic and, in so doing, reimagined the nature of the political order. They argued vigorously over imperial expansion, constitutional power, personal liberty, and public morality. In Reimagining Politics after the Terror, Andrew Jainchill rewrites the history of the origins of French Liberalism by telling the story of France's underappreciated "republican moment" during the tumultuous years between 1794 and Napoleon's declaration of a new French Empire in 1804.

Examining a wide range of political and theoretical debates, Jainchill offers a compelling reinterpretation of the political culture of post-Terror France and of the establishment of Napoleon's Consulate. He also provides new readings of works by the key architects of early French Liberalism, including Germaine de Staël, Benjamin Constant, and, in the epilogue, Alexis de Tocqueville. The political culture of the post-Terror period was decisively shaped by the classical republican tradition of the early modern Atlantic world and, as Jainchill persuasively argues, constituted France's "Machiavellian Moment." Out of this moment, a distinctly French version of liberalism began to take shape. Reimagining Politics after the Terror is essential reading for anyone concerned with the history of political thought, the origins and nature of French Liberalism, and the end of the French Revolution.

Title:Reimagining Politics After The Terror: The Republican Origins Of French LiberalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:October 9, 2008Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801446694

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"This extraordinary book shatters the scholarly myth that the rise of modern liberalism took place on the ruins of classical republicanism. Instead, liberalism arose as a far-reaching transformation within republicanism. Andrew Jainchill unearths these liberal beginnings in France not simply by focusing on canonical figures and high texts, though the masterful readings are there. Most important, he provides a compellingly rich contextualization of the political moment after the revolutionary terror that sparked the invention of liberalism from republican sources. The disquieting features of the transformation, including the implications for domestic security and foreign policy, are not neglected. Theoretically incisive and methodologically convincing, Reimagining Politics after the Terror is a landmark work."—Samuel Moyn, Columbia University, author of Origins of the Other