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Harvard Historical Studies 154

The Demands of Liberty

Civil Society in France since the Revolution

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$38.00 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674024960

Publication Date: 03/30/2007


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Harvard Historical Studies


Pierre Rosanvallon [is] one of the most important writers of history in France today… His ideas have a clarity and a power similar to Furet’s.—David A. Bell, The New Republic

Rosanvallon brilliantly demystifies the ‘illiberal mentalité’ of men like Maximilien Robespierre, the ‘Incorruptible.’ Democracy emerges as complicated, valuable, and fragile.—L.A. Rollo, Choice

In this unique synthesis of political theory and social history, Pierre Rosanvallon gives us a masterful interpretation of the French political experience from the Revolution to the present. He explores the tension between the Jacobin tradition, with its deep suspicion of civil society as partial and divisive, and the emergence in modern France of a robust associational life. More than a brilliant analysis of French politics and society, this book is a rich meditation on the theory and practice of democracy, past and present.—Michael J. Sandel, author of Democracy’s Discontent and Public Philosophy

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