Recollections: The French Revolution of 1848

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Transaction Books, 1987 - History - 333 pages
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preface -- Foreword (1986) -- Introduction to the Transaction Edition -- Introduction (1969) -- Part One -- 1. Origin and Character of These Recollections - General Aspects of the Period Preceding the Revolution of 1848-First Symptoms of the Revolution -- 2. The Banquets - Sense of Security Entertained by the Government - Anxiety of the Leaders of the Opposition - Arraignment of Ministers -- 3. Troubles of the 22nd February-The Sitting of the 23rd-the New Ministry - Opinions of M. Dufaure and M. de Beaumont -- 4. The 24th February-The Ministers' Plan of Resistance - The National Guard - General Bedeau -- 5. The Sitting of the Chamber - The Duchess of Orleans - The Provisional Government -- Part Two -- 1. My View of the Reasons for the Events of the 24th February, and My Thoughts Concerning Its Effects for the Future -- 2. Paris the Day After the 24th February, and the Days That Followed - Socialist Character of the New Revolution -- 3. Uncertainty of the Members of the Old Parliament About What Attitude to Adopt - My Own Reflections About What I Ought to Do and the Resolutions I Made -- 4. My Candidature in the Department of La Manche-Characteristics of That Province-The General Election -- 5. First Meeting of the Constituent Assembly - Appearance of That Assembly -- 6. My Relations with Lamartine-His Subterfuges -- 7. The 15th May -- 8. The Festival of Concord and the Eve of the June Days -- 9. The June Days -- 10. The End of the June Days -- 11. The Drafting Committee for the Constitution -- Part Three -- 1. My Return to France-formation of the Cabinet -- 2. Composition of the Cabinet-Its Conduct Down to the Attempted Insurrection of the 13th June -- 3. Our Domestic Policy - Quarrels Within the Cabinet-Difficulties in Its Relations with the Majority and the President

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About the author (1987)

French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Verneuil to an aristocratic Norman family. He entered the bar in 1825 and became an assistant magistrate at Versailles. In 1831, he was sent to the United States to report on the prison system. This journey produced a book called On the Penitentiary System in the United States (1833), as well as a much more significant work called Democracy in America (1835--40), a treatise on American society and its political system. Active in French politics, Tocqueville also wrote Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which he argued that the Revolution of 1848 did not constitute a break with the past but merely accelerated a trend toward greater centralization of government. Tocqueville was an observant Catholic, and this has been cited as a reason why many of his insights, rather than being confined to a particular time and place, reach beyond to see a universality in all people everywhere.

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