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More Bitter Than Death dIs valuable What Tocueville isoing is taking Vom schwarzen Revier zur neuen Welt: gesammelte Gedichte down and smashing a simple mental model to explain revolutions in their social and historical contextRevolutionson t occur because the living conditions of people are harsh uite the contrary They occur in his view in times when living conditions have been improving p196 Countries in which serfdom was a complete system id not have revolutions it was the very fact that there were only nonsensical remnants that rankled the peasantry pp52 61 It is not the extent of arbitrary power that is resented but its inconsistency It is not that the state is hated but rather that the idea is wide spread that its power can be used effectively When Tocueville read through the cahiers of complaints submitted to the Estates General what he found was that cumulatively if you followed all the advice and recommendations then the whole of the Old Regime would be swept awayIn other words from Tocueville s perspective it was no surprise that the Soviet Union collapsed under Gorbachev when living conditions were reasonably good but the government made clear through its actions that the way it had been running things was eeply flawed and invited public criticism while it stood firm under Stalin whose government was harsh brutal and id not admit to shortcomingsThat is perhaps one of Tocuevilles central paradoxes that the way that the government itself tried to change and reform undermined faith and confidence in the regime The limits of its effective power were unclear In his image it groped forward until it met opposition before which it would withdraw p133Tocueville is surprised that the writers on economic issues under the Old Regime looked to China as their model of an ideal state But taking into account that impressionistic image of an uncertain hesitant government this makes sense as China was at least in how educated opinion in Eighteenth Century France understood it a uniuely self assured and stable authority wisely governed thanks to a class of civil servants selected through competitive examinations There an articulate body of opinion that id not seek to increase political liberty but instead sought to increase the power and jurisdiction of the central authority p50 and so we should not be taken aback to find that one of the results of the breakdown of the authority of the Old Regime was the creation of a stronger regime that built on the existing centralising tendencies with the result that since 89 the administrative system has always stood firm and amid the Shadows in a Timeless Myth debacles of political systemsThe sameuties were performed by the same civil servants whose practical experience kept the nation on an even keel through the worst political storms pp219 220 His key point being that the new regime is built out of the material of the old regime and was not an complete and absolute break with the pastWhat strikes Tocueville as new and C++ Primer different about the French revolution is that it was not restricted to France The French Revolution though ostensibly political in origin functioned on the lines and assumed many of the aspects of a religious revolution p42 It looked abroad and sought converts beyond its boarders It had a gospel based on natural and universal principles in his words and sought to propagate it Perhaps this is his final paradox and one that heoesn t fully explore in this exploration of the causes of the collapse of the Old Regime how the ideas eveloped in a specific local context were assumed to be transformative beyond the limits of France If this was a youtube video its title would be Liberal aristocrat DESTROYS Reactionary chill and socialist cucksTocueville a man of aristocratic origins and a son of the french revolution holds no love for the revolutionary fervour that allowed him to get in the comfortable position of a public letterman He also traces the roots of the future massacre and absolutism of the revolution from the centralizing movements of the anci n regime from 18th century until the year of the revolutionHe is not a historian however how he says is important than what he says Tocueville shows how the vices of the new State sprang to life uring the reign of the last french kings This is how he contradicts the arguments of Burke s pamphlet on the french revolution Tocueville is not a historian so he might be unprecise in his affirmations but is not so much how he talks about something but what he talks about He escribes a regime that slowly eroded the regional powers and obligations of the french public sphere and centralized it towards Paris He escribes a society micromanaged by bureaucrats appointed by the French king and where public jobs become extremely advantageous than pursuing a private entrepreneurship The book also mentions how through the centralization of local

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from feudal and local aristocracies customary law was corroded by a confuse and imprecise legalism from Paris and how the poorer strata of society lost its possibility of recurring to the local lords and became Zees Story dependent of aetached and uninterested caste of civil servants that had no skin in the game and no mutual ependency towards the the peasantry and city poorWe are so used to think of the middle ages as a time of arkness but time and time again history shows that the way society found itself organized in those time followed a rational logic and not a superstitious or tyrannical one When the State became an empowered being it ecided to rationalize life This aesthetic esire of a rational euanimous and centralized society was the greatest sin of the old regime and the great obsession of the State in modern times Certainly one of the very greatest works of political philosophy in some ways better than Democracy in America Tocueville was fascinated by the phenomenon of social euality after centuries of feudalism and he goes so far as to say that the outward political revolutions and charters of the new post Enlightenment order were already essentially complete as social conditions before the L Ancien R gime et la R volutionAlexis e Tocueville 1805 1859The Old Regime published in 1856 is a study of the Governance of France from the ark Middle ages up to Louis XVIAnd further to understand and explain why and how the terrible and violent Revolution of 1789 came to happenAlexis All Lost Things de Tocueville is best known for his Democracy in America 1835 a book that I appreciated and that should be read by every European and American who wants to understand theifferences in understanding emocracy in Europe at the time and AmericaIn his study of the Old Regime in Order To Produce A Credible to produce a credible Tocueville undertook a comprehensive reading *Over Several Years Of Ancient Documents Available *several years of ancient ocuments available France concerning the functioning of administration at all levels from basic villages to small towns and provincial cities and finally of ParisFrom St Louis 1226 1270 to Louis XVI oppression serfdom and heavy taxation of the peasants were the usual practice ever since centuriesAristocrats however historically providing armed protection for the king and governing and administrating their provinces were taking care of their farming and village communities They were exempt from any taxationThings changed when governance was concentrated as from Louis XIV and onwards to Paris and administration justice and taxation organised by the king s councilSocial classes were strictly separated into aristocrats bourgeois and illiterate peasants There was no communication between these classes rather enmityThis situation of course facilitated espotic and tyrannic rulingBy the time of Louis XVI the aristocratic cast had lost all their political and administrative power and had no longer any contact with their rural communities They had left their castles selling their land little by little and moved to Paris and became courtesansThey had kept their immunity from taxation and held on to and even increased all their privileges This situation was the first and most incomprehensible for the lower population This is where hatred between social classes had started and kept burning for generationsPhilosophers and writers of a new kind appeared and published political brochures proposing new governing systems to replace the old constitution thus preparing the readers for possible emerging changes in the countryTocueville never mentioned the name of Chateaubriand like he rarely mentioned any other name but it seems likely that he pointed at him when he mentioned this as one of the causes of the coming revolutionThe. Ment Readers will appreciate The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution for its sense of irony as well as tragedy for its eep insights into political psychology and for its impassioned efense of liber. L'ancien régime et la RévolutionThere really is no excuse for only reading Tocueville s Democracy in America The Ancien R gime is one of Tocueville s best works It analyzes the spirit of the French Revolution very accurately although the factual information is not always correct when he states France was affluent uring the reign of Louis XIV Tocueville is most known for his Democracy in America and I find it unfortunate that this work languishes in its shadow as it truly is a wonderful work of political science Tocueville had managed to create a fresh examination of the Revolution while it was still in living memory Indeed coming for a noble background whose family was victimized by the Terror and a friend of Legitimists or Ultraroyalists Tocueville manages to be a neutral perspective on a controversial event that was stirring passion in the politics of the timeTocueville s account is a classic in that his analysis Heute Ziehst Du Aus: Roman derives fromirect sources of the Ancien Regime and the era rather than as a polemical critiue such as Edmund Burke s The conclusions he arrives to contradict the popular image of the revolution be it emonized or romanticized Some of these conclusions we may not appreciate as a impartial audience such as Alexis e Tocueville is most well known for his book Democracy in America published in two volumes that were released in 1835 and 1840 Sixteen years later he turned his attention to the task of Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] divining the root causes of his own nation s upheaval The French Revolution reuired a leveling eye its truths having been twisted as they so often are into convenient justifications for or against post Revolution policy reform But than thise Tocueville recognized how compelling it was in the aftermath of a substantial societal eruption to shorthand the event to shear off its complexities and The Magnanimous Heart deliver it upenuded of all but a tuft of basic rationales And if history is meant to teach us that sort of short handing leaves only a half lesson learnedThis is a brief heavily researched work that reuires a bit of edicated concentration Examinations are made not simply of the administrations classes and movements of the age but also those leading up to the reign of the ill starred Louis XVI We are introduced to structures that eroded over time aristocratic influence that id in fact Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks diminish safeguards that were lost as France attempted long before its citizens thought to riot to embrace a eualizing vision of government In fact the most fascinating element of this treatise for me ise Tocueville s theory that the initial activated stages of much needed reform are those in which a society is most vulnerable to revolt That it was precisely because the peasant caste was finally receiving the empathy it eserved that it rose up in rebellion That the revolutionary match was struck after the problems were laid on the table and had begun to be addressed In short once everyone including the aristocracy agreed such grievances were well founded As if the poor had finally received permission to be enragedIt s an interesting book if you ve got the time and focus it reuires I certainly consider it canon in the field of French Revolution writingsand also apropos as an application to studies of modern One Day in December day Russia The French Revolution was not a sudden outburst of violence but the coming to the fore of a new socio political ideal those shattering impact will go beyond borders and resonate with mankind as a whole Few historical events could then compared to it apart from perhaps ase Tocueville recognises here past religious revolutions eg Christianity supplanting paganismHere he Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts describes why feudalism was such a crippled and outdated system that is was ripe for crashingown Through numerous examples he reminds how arbitrary unfair burdensome and contemptuous such a system was to the commoners especially the peasants a crucial emographic in what was then a predominantly rural society He also shows how the nobility had gradually turned itself into a cast a flock of courtesans leaving their localities and having forfeited their uties to society thus alienating itself from the people yet still clinging rapaciously to its privileges Here s therefore a brilliant snapshot of why these two social classes the Third Estate and the Nobility would end up hating each other announcing many of the violence to come Here s also enouncing feudalism #a nice expos of why the French Revolution will be welcomed in those countries then #nice expos of why the French Revolution will be welcomed in those countries then burdened by such an archaic system eg modern ay Germany For here s the point contrary to what reading a Edmund Burke for all its prescience may let you think the French Revolution was not brutality instigated by atheists to overthrow Christianity It was at its core the than needed redefining of a whole new social order in which oppressors from the past had no place The revolutionaries Were Not Anti Religious not anti religious just targeted all symbols of the oppressive system they fought against and of which the Church was a part Did they succeed De Tocueville of course admits that French people are better off after the Revolution than under the Old Regime But what he points at and warns against is interestingly the continuity of centralisation that is a way of governance which ironically had led to the Revolution itself Indeed if under the Bourbon monarchy all political power had been centralised in Paris leading all aristocrats to flock there and turn themselves into useless courtesans Out of the Box disassociated from the people under the new regime he is writing in the 1850s the picture remains roughly the same This time France is under the spell of a bourgeoisie ruling through an overbearing bureaucracy that he sees as an hindrance than an efficient system to actively involve citizens in the political arena That s here the crucial uestion are people really empowered The only substantialifference between the custom of those The First Secret of Edwin Hoff days and our own resides in the price paid for office Then they were sold by government now they are bestowed it is no longer necessary to pay money the object can be attained by selling one s soul Take that Here again we see him as he had famouslyone in his Democracy in America turning his eyes towards the US another country that had embraced revolutionary ideals but which fortunately for itself and unlike France could have started it all from scratch Here s a wonderful read Historically it teaches a great eal about the motives and reasons behind the French Revolution not least because he simply exposes not only the intolerable abuses of the feudal system but also criticises how the nobility had made itself useless through the centralisation of power in Paris Politically because by uestioning centralisation this form of governance which preponderates acts regulates controls undertakes every thing provides for every thing know far about the subject s business than he oes himself is in *short incessantly active and sterile he is toying with a uestion that *incessantly active and sterile he is toying with a uestion that t ceased to haunt every society ever since how far a government can be centralised without if not turn into espotism at least contribute to isempower the people it is supposed to serve A sharp analysis those tenets still echo nowadays Alexis País íntim de Tocueville was a nineteenth century aristocrat and liberal who after visiting the United States of America became so interested in the concept ofemocracy that he wrote two huge volumes on Democracy in America One of the main themes in this work is the problem of how to combine the struggle for liberty with the struggle for euality Tocueville saw the struggle for euality as a Under Lock and Key danger to the freedom of individuals Euality reuires a centralized authority to make things eual and combined with the process ofemocracy leads to a situation in which every individual will be just that an individual This will lead inevitably to a transfer of power to the state and the rule of the majority and hence estroy the personal autonomy of the individualIn the USA according to Tocueville this paradox was resolved by the strong sense of community the state governments but especially the townships were a ecent bulwark against the centralizing tendencies of the federal government In Democracy in America 1840 Tocueville concludes that Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II democracy worked in the USA because it could start from scratchemocracy in Europe would be an entirely Something Wicked different matter historicalevelopments had already led to very uneual societies in which classes and espots were already presentThe Ancien R gime and the Revolution 1856 explores this last point in relation to France Tocue. This new translation of an undisputed classic aims to be both accurate and readable Tocueville's subtlety of style and profundity of thought offer a challenge to readers as well as to translators As both.

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Ville Freud and His Followers delved into the administrative archives to unearth the society of eighteenth century France in order to explain how the French Revolution originated and why also why in France and why at that particular moment 1789So what s Tocueville s answer to these uestions According to him in the eighteenth century there wereifferent strands all intertwining to evelop into the explosion we now call the French revolution First feudalism was eroded peasants were landowners and the aristocracy gradually lost all its finances but increasingly gained in power At the same time a middle class eveloped that gained ever financial power eventually becoming much powerful than the old aristocratic elite France was a strongly stratified society the three classes nobility bourgeouis commoners idn t mingle with and looked unfavourably towards each other During the eighteenth century and really from the reign of Louis XIV in the seventeenth century the French kings increasingly spend and money on wars and because of the ecline of the aristocracy gained tremendously in power The result of all these events To finance the expenditures of the French state the king needed taxes Because the administrative and judicial systems were almost exclusively manned by bourgeous and the nobility held exclusive privileges to exemptions from taxes the state increasingly taxed the poorest people the commoners This led to frustration and growing unrestDuring this process the French state centralized and eventually ending up with the situation that just the city of Paris governed the rest of France The countryside and the smaller towns were only peopled by the French without money if you had any money you would build your future in the capital In effect this meant that the nobility ruled the countryside and the towns without being present This strengthened the already ongoing process of alienation of the nobility from the commonersAccording to Tocueville this was a state bound to crumble When Louis XVI tried to reform his administrative system sending many bourgeois officials home he created in one instance a society of individuals in which everyone looked at everyone else with hatred and envy For years the philosophes had inspired a sense of injustice and ineuality in the common people and strangely enough the nobility Just before the Revolution broke out the nobility had tried to help better the situation of the commoners this was also what king Louis XVI tried to o with his reforms So absurdly the Revolution was heralded and if not heralded at least welcomed by the nobility who would be the first ones on the list of the commoners when they got rid of the king The people spurred on by the political ideologies some would say emagogery of the philosophes resented king and nobleman alike and held both accountable for the abominable state they were in And since the Catholic church was in league with the state and erived much power and authority from this relationship they felt strong passions for anticlericalism and antireligiosity And the bourgeois They just went on with their business administering the organs of the state The only thing that really changed was their rulerTocueville claims that the lesson we should learn from this among others is that ideals of euality really emocracy and ideals of liberty really autonomy can conflict with each other and clash violently The Ancien R gime A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal digged its own grave by taxing and alienating the masses the poor forced labour military service ever increasing taxation harsh punishments etc The nobility stood by while the bourgeouis just went about their business on their financial ego trip When the situation got so bad that out of sympathy king and nobility wanted to reform the situation the slightest betterment led to immense feelings of unfairness and ineuality by the masses The Ancien R gime already passed the point of no return and according to Tocueville the Revolution was in this sense inevitableOriginally meant as part 1 of a trilogy on the Revolution this is Tocueville s only finished book on the subject He intended to write two subseuent works oneetailing how the Revultion progressed and the other explaining what came after it But even though Tocueville Nacht didn t manage to write the other two works he succumbed to tuberculosis throughout The Ancien R gime and the Revolution it becomes clear what his viewpoint is He continuously compares the situation after the Revolution with pre Revolutionary eighteenth century France and concludes that nothing really changed The Revolution happened and existing state structures and especially the trend of ever increasing centralization of state power were used as tools by the new regime I continue to be amazed by Alexise Toceuville s sharp insights and his elouent analyses of the themes of emocracy euality liberty and centralization In both Democracy in America and The Ancien R gime and the Revolution the same trends are observed The struggle for euality leads to a situation in which liberty eventually succumbs and a centralized emerges Although he was an aristocrat Tocueville to have accepted the changing times and he seems to have sympathy for the poor and powerless he also seems to be a true liberal fighting for personal freedom and autonomy and warning us for the potential angers of emocracy He saw Napoleon I as the culmination of all the bad sides of emocracy he was thrown in prison because he observed the exact same trend with the rise of the war hungry The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together demagogue Napoleon IIIAmazing thinker amazing book amazing subject As Marxism is receding from respectabilitye Tocueville s stature is growing even in France where his very bourgeois outlook and anglophile leanings have often made him extremely unpopularDe Tocueville s conclusion and logic are uite simple It is highly Curse of Rocky Colavito dangerous for a corrupt regime to try to reform itself because the only thing holding it together is the self interest of all those unscrupulously profiting from the injustices of the regime When a reformer emerges in the ruling elite he or she makes the hangers on nervous They start immediately looking for ways to jump ship in order to preserve their own privileges rather than closing ranks In the view ofe Tocueville this was has how the Old Regime fell not so much from the Parisian mobs but from the rats jumping shipSimon Schama Citizens certainly thinks e Tocueville got things right Marxists starting with Marx himself however have always tried to ismiss Tocueville as a bourgeois ideologue who failed to recognize the historical importance of revolution and the working class It today s world however it is e Tocueville whose star is on the rise in academic circles To those who study it as an isolated phenomenon the French Revolution can but seem a ark and sinister enigma only when we view it in the light of the events preceding it can we grasp its true significance And similarly without a clear idea of The Old Order Its old order its its vices its prejudices its shortcomings and its greatness it is impossible to comprehend the history of the sixty years following its fall p227The Old Regime and the French Revolution written in 1856 is a short book just 206 pages in this edition plus an appendix and endnotes with a contemporary audience in mind Despite this Tocueville s insights and understanding mean that the book is still interesting and provides a model for thinking about revolutions as a wholePart of his intention was to take issue with interpretations of the revolution current in his own time and also to address what he felt were short comings in French political life Primarily the lack of political liberties and the absence of an aristocracy or something very like it some powerful self confident group not ependant on the central authority of the government and able to resist it in the interests of the locality in which they lived and so guarantee libertyTocuevilles view was not that these eficiencies were the result of the Revolution but rather that they and the Revolution itself were the result of long term trends in French history Tocueville was interested in the longue The Kennel Club's Illustrated Breed Standards: The Official Guide to Registered Breeds duree long before the annales school His final conclusion is that given the long term tendencies in French history the Revolution was not a sinister enigma but a foregone conclusion Tocueville s key to understanding this was to grasp the mentalite of the pre revolutionary generations Once you are in tune with the Zeitgeist the paradoxes of the pre revolutionary period are resolved This is why the book. A Tocueville scholar and an award winning translator Arthur Goldhammer is uniuely ualified for the task In his Introduction Jon Elsterraws on his recent work to lay out the structure of Tocueville' argu.