The French Idea Of History: Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854 by Carolina ArmenterosThe French Idea Of History: Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854 by Carolina Armenteros

The French Idea Of History: Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854

byCarolina Armenteros

Hardcover | July 7, 2011

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"A fierce absolutist, a furious theocrat . . . the champion of the hardest, narrowest, and most inflexible dogmatism . . . part learned doctor, part inquisitor, part executioner." Thus did Émile Faguet describe Joseph-Marie de Maistre (1753–1821) in his 1899 history of nineteenth-century thought. This view of the influential thinker as a reactionary has, with little variation, held sway ever since. In The French Idea of History, Carolina Armenteros recovers a very different figure, one with a far more subtle understanding of, and response to, the events of his day.

Maistre emerges from this deeply learned book as the crucial bridge between the Enlightenment and the historicized thought of the nineteenth century. Armenteros demonstrates that Maistre inaugurated a specifically French way of thinking about past, present, and future that held sway not only among conservative political theorists but also among intellectuals generally considered to belong to the left, particularly the Utopian Socialists.

Carolina Armenteros is Rosalind Franklin Fellow, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, and Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. She is coeditor of Joseph de Maistre and the Legacy of Enlightenment, Joseph de Maistre and his European Readers, The new enfant du siècle: Joseph de Maistre as a Writer, and Historic...
Title:The French Idea Of History: Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:July 7, 2011Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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- Introduction to The French Idea of History

Table of Contents

Note on Editions, Translations, and References
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Conservatism and History

A Brief Intellectual Biography

Part One: Joseph de Maistre and the Idea of History, 1794–1820

1. The Statistical Beginnings of Historical Thought: Joseph de Maistre against
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1794–96

2. Maistrian Epistemology and Pedagogy in Historical Perspective

3. A Europeanist Theory of History: Du pape

4. Redemption by Suffering: Social Violence and Historical Development in the Éclaircissement sur les sacrifices

5. Returning the Universe to God: Time, Will, and Reason in Les soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg

Part Two: Historical Thought in France, 1798–1854

6. The New Truth of Historical Knowledge: Liberty, Order, and the Rise of the Social Fact, 1797–1848

7. Historical Progress and the Logic of Sacrifice, 1822–54

8. The Metapolitics of History: Socialism, Positivism, and Tradition, 1820–48

Conclusion: History and Paradox


Editorial Reviews

"Carolina Armenteros attempts to demonstrate in this book that Maistre was more . . . moderate than has been alleged, that he drew on some of the leading Enlightenment thinkers, and that his influence on a variety of approaches to the philosophy of history was enormous, at least until the mid-nineteenth century . . . this study, a rather old-fashioned history of ideas and of 'great' men, is well worth the attention of a broad range of intellectual, political, cultural, and religious historians."—Thomas Worcester, Canadian Journal of History (Winter 2012)