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The French idea of freedom : the Old Regime and the Declaration of Rights of 1789

Author: Dale K Van Kley
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994.
Series: Making of modern freedom.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen of 1789" is the French Revolution's best known utterance. By 1789, to be sure, England looked proudly back to Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, and a bill of rights, and even the young American Declaration of Independence and the individual states' various declarations and bills of rights preceded the French Declaration. But the French deputies of the National
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Named Person: France.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dale K Van Kley
ISBN: 0804723559 9780804723558 0804728062 9780804728065
OCLC Number: 29668813
Description: x, 436 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Old Regime origins of democratic liberty / David D. Bien --
From the lessons of French history to truths for all times and all people : the historical origins of an anti-historical declaration / Dale Van Kley --
Betwixt cattle and men : Jews, Blacks, and women and the Declaration of the Rights of Man / Shanti Marie Singham --
The idea of a Declaration of Rights / Keith Michael Baker --
National sovereignty and the general will : the political program of the Declaration of Rights / J.K. Wright --
Safeguarding the rights of the accused : lawyers and political trials in France, 1716-1789 / David A. Bell --
Religious toleration and freedom of expression / Raymond Birn --
Property, sovereignty, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, and the tradition of French jurisprudence / Thomas E. Kaiser.
Series Title: Making of modern freedom.
Responsibility: edited by Dale Van Kley.
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This book explores the origins of the Declaration in the political thought and practice of the preceding three centuries that Tocqueville designated the "Old Regime."  Read more...

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