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- DescriptionOriginally given as a series of lectures at the Sorbonne, Francois Guizots The History of Civilization in Europe was published to great acclaim in 1828 and is w regarded as a classic in modern historical research. The History was particularly influential on Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville, in fact, requested that a copy of The History be sent to him when he arrived in the United States. This volume offers what Guizot himself describes as a philosophic history of Europe, one which searches for the underlying general causes and effects of particular events. Guizot considers European civilisation in its broadest senses, encompassing t merely political, ecomic, and social structures, but also the ideas, faculties, and sentiments of man himself . Guizot understood a two-way relationship between external conditions (i.e., social, political, and ecomic conditions) and the inner man: external conditions affect the inner man, whos moral and intellectual developments eventually shape social and other external conditions. Guizots History describes the development of European civilisation in terms of the inevitable advance of equality of conditions, due to many factors, including a new emphasis on the individual. The author explores the decentralisation of power that characterised feudalism, the centralisation of power after the fifteenth century, and finally the rebuilding of local automy necessary for representative and free government. As Editor Larry Siedentop describes, The [Historys] moral is about the social and political consequences of destroying local liberty ...excessive concentration of power at the centre of any society is, in the long run, its own undoing.
- Author BiographyFrancois Guizot (1787 1874) was a French historian, political philosopher, and politician. Larry Siedentop was educated at Hope College, Harvard, and Oxford. He is Emeritus Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and was for many years faculty lecturer in political thought in the university. His publications include The Nature of Political Theory, Tocqueville, and most recently, Democracy in Europe.
- Author(s)Francois Guizot
- PublisherLiberty Fund Inc
- Date of Publication30/04/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationIndianapolis, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLiberty Fund Inc
- Weight540 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Edited byLarry Siedentop
- Translated byWilliam Hazlitt
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