LECTURES ON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION by Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton

By Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton

Added at Cambridge college among 1895 and 1899, Lectures at the French Revolution is a distinctive account of the complete epochal bankruptcy in French adventure through probably the most extraordinary English historians of the 19th century. not like Burke a century prior to, Acton leaves condemnation of the French Revolution to others. He presents a disciplined, thorough, and chic background of the particular occasions of the bloody episode -- in sum, as thorough a checklist as will be built in his time of the particular activities of the govt. of France in the course of the Revolution. There are twenty-two essays, beginning with 'The Heralds of the Revolution', during which Acton provides a taxonomy of the highbrow ferment that preceded -- and ready -- the Revolution. an enormous appendix explores 'The Literature of the Revolution'. right here Acton deals exams of the bills of the Revolution written throughout the past due eighteenth and the 19th centuries via, between others, Burke, Guizot, and Taine.

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But at the encounter of defeat, his austere and rigid character turned it into disaster; and as he possessed but one line of defence, the failure of his tactics was the ruin of his cause. Although he despaired prematurely, and was vociferously repentant of his part in the great days of June, parading his sackcloth before Europe, he never faltered in the conviction that the interests of no class, of no family, of no man, can be preferred to those of the nation. ” Mounier replied : “Yes, sir. ” He desired to adopt the English model, which meant: representation of property; an upper house founded upon merit, not upon descent; royal veto and right of dissolution.

It was a period of construction, and every effort was made, every scheme was invented, to curb the inevitable democracy. The members of that assembly were, on the whole, eminently cautious and sensible men. They were not men of extraordinary parts, and the genius of Hamilton failed absolutely to impress them. Some of their most memorable contrivances proceeded from no design, but were merely half measures and mutual concessions. Seward has pointed out this distinction between the revolutionary epoch and the constituent epoch that succeeded: “The rights asserted by our forefathers were not peculiar to themselves.

At that time the law by which power follows property, which has been called the most important discovery made by man since the invention of printing. was not clearly known. But the underground forces at work were recognised by the intelligent conservatives, and they were assuming the defensive, in preparation for the hour when they would be deserted by the king. It was therefore impossible that the object for which the States-General were summoned should be attained while they were divided into three.

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