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Recollections : the French Revolution of 1848 and its aftermath

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville; Olivier Zunz; Arthur Goldhammer
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This entirely new translation of Tocqueville's 'Souvenirs'--his posthumously published, extraordinarily lucid and trenchant analysis of the 1848 revolution in France--will be the definitive English edition of the work for decades to come. Tocqueville's most polished literary text, full of bravura passages and stylistic flourishes, it was never intended for publication. Written immediately after the climax of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis de Tocqueville; Olivier Zunz; Arthur Goldhammer
ISBN: 9780813939018 0813939011
OCLC Number: 947953942
Description: xl, 349 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: RECOLLECTIONS. Part 1. Written in July 1850 (at Tocqueville). [Origin and character of these recollections. --
General features of the era prior to the revolution of 1848. --
Precursors of that revolution.] --
[Banquets --
Security of the government. --
Preoccupation of the leaders of the opposition. --
Impeachment of ministers.] --
[Disturbances of February 22. --
Session of February 23. --
New government. --
Sentiments of M. Dufaure and M. de Beaumont.] --
[February 14. --
The ministers' plan of resistance. --
The National Guard. --
General Bedeau.] --
[Chamber session. --
Mme la duchesse d'Orleans. --
Provisional government.] --
Part 2. My judgment of the causes of February 24 and my thoughts as to what would emerge from it --
Paris the day after February 24, and the days that followed. --
Socialist character of the new revolution --
Uncertainty of former parliamentarians concerning what attitude to take. My own reflections on what I ought to do and my resolutions --
My candidacy in the departement of La Manche. --
Description of the province. --
The general election --
First meeting of the Constituent Assembly. --
Character of this Assembly --
My relations with Lamartine. --
His equivocations --
May 15, 1848 --
Festival of Concord and preparation for the June Days --
June Days --
More on the June Days --
Constitutional commission --
Part 3. My Ministry: June 3-October 29, 1849. Return to France. --
Formation of the cabinet --
Composition of the cabinet. --
Its first actions until after the attempted insurrection of June 13 --
Domestic government. --
Intestine quarrels in the cabinet. --
Its difficulties with the majority and the president --
Foreign affairs --
Appendices To Part 1. [February 24, 1848 --
October 1850]. Conversation with Barrot (October 10, 1850). February 24 according to Barrot --
Incidents from February 24, 1848. Efforts by M. Dufaure and his friends to prevent the February revolution. --
Responsibility of M. Thiers for neutralizing their efforts --
Dufaure's conduct on February 14, 1848 --
February 24, according to G. de Beaumont --
Appendices To Parts 2 And 3. [1848 and 1849 --
April 1851]. Notes for Recollections covering the period from June 1848 to June 1849 (April 1851). Note on the part that should extend from the June Days to my ministry --
Various notes on the parts of my Recollections that remain to be written (April 1851 en route home) --
Formation of the cabinet --
Foreign affairs --
Conversation I had with the president of the Republic on May 15, 1851. (I saw him for the first time since my return from Italy.) --
Revision of the constitution. Conversation I had with Berryer on June 21, 1851, in a meeting at my house. We were both members of the committee for the revision of the constitution --
Appendix 3. [Toward Empire. --
December 1851 --
April 1857] --
CORRESPONDENCE, SPEECHES, OCCASIONAL TEXTS, AND NOTES. February 1848. Foreword to the twelfth edition of Democracy in America, 1848 --
Tocqueville to Nassau Senior, Paris, April 10, 1848 --
Electoral Campaign of March --
April 1848 and Universal Male Suffrage. To Paul Clamorgam, March 7, 1848 --
Campaign circular, March 19, 1848 --
Popular banquet in Cherbourg, March 19, 1848 --
Response by Alexis de Tocqueville to the president of the Valognes electoral committee, March 26, 1848 --
To Marie de Tocqueville, Friday evening [March 17, 1848] --
To Marie de Tocqueville, Cherbourg, March 19, 1848 --
To Marie de Tocqueville, March 20, 1848 --
To Marie de Tocqueville, Thursday [March 23, 1848] --
To Marie de Tocqueville, [Friday, March 24, 1848?] --
To Marie de Tocqueville, Wednesday evening [March 29, 1848] --
To Marie de Tocqueville, Saint-Lo, Thursday evening [March 30, 1848] --
To Gustave de Beaumont, Tocqueville, April 22, 1848 --
To William Rathbone Greg, Saint-Cyr near Tours, Indre-et-Loire, July 27, 1853 --
Debate on the Constitution. [Constitutional commission] session of May 25, 1848 --
[Constitutional commission], May 27, 1848 --
Speech to the Constituent Assembly on the proposed constitution, concerning the right to work. Session of September 12, 1848 --
[Constituent Assembly] speech on the election of the president of the Republic, session of October 5, 1848 --
On Socialism and Democracy. [On socialism] --
Definition of democracy --
Before, During, and After the June Days. To Paul Clamorgam, June 24, 1848 --
To Marie de Tocqueville, June 24, 1848 --
To Zacharie Gallemand, June 25, 1848 --
To Eugene Stoffels, Paris, July 21, 1848 --
To Gustave de Beaumont, Paris, September 24, 1848 --
Elections to the Legislative Assembly. Proposed election circular (May 1849) --
Foreign Affairs: Germany. To Gustave de Beaumont, Frankfurt, May 18, 1849 --
Foreign Affairs: The Roman Question. Response to questions from Mauguin and Savoye, [Legislative Assembly] session of June 25, 1849 --
[Legislative Assembly] session of October 18, 1849 --
To Francisque de Corcelle, Paris, July 11, 1849 --
To Francisque de Corcelle, Paris, July 30, 1849 --
To Francisque de Corcelle, Paris, September 2, 1849 --
After the Ministry. To Gustave de Beaumont, Paris, November 4, 1849 --
To Arthur de Gobineau, Paris, January 7, 1850 --
To Mrs. Harriet Grote, Tocqueville, June 25, 1850 --
To Gustave de Beaumont, Tocqueville, September 9, 1850 --
From Sorrento. To Louis de Kergorlay, Sorrento, December 15, 1850 --
To Armand Dufaure, Sorrento, December 22, 1850 --
To Francisque de Corcelle, February 21, 1851 --
Constitutional Revision. Note on the proposed revision, May 1851 --
[Legislative Assembly] report by M. de Tocqueville on behalf of the committee charged with considering the proposed revision of the constitution, session of July 8, 1851 --
Before Louis-Napoleon's Coup. To Francisque de Corcelle, Grille du Grand Montreuil, Versailles, September 13, 1851 --
To Gustave de Beaumont, Grille du Grand Montreuil, Versailles, September 14, 1851 --
After Louis-Napoleon's Coup. To Edouard de Tocqueville, Sunday, December 7, 1851 --
To Jean-Bernardin Rouxel, Paris, December 14, 1851 --
Note for the comte de Chambord, January 24, 1852 --
To Francis Lieber, Tocqueville, August 4, 1852.
Other Titles: Souvenirs.
Responsibility: Alexis de Tocqueville ; edited by Olivier Zunz ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer.

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