This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Before the Delugecould be a paradigm-shifting book for the history of eighteenth-century political thought. Sonenscher's knowledge of the subject is amazing. Highly original in its arguments, the book is also unusually ambitious in the way it links history to current issues. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Ever since the French Revolution, Madame de Pompadour's comment, "Après moi, le déluge" (after me, the deluge), has looked like a callous if accurate prophecy of the political cataclysms that began in 1789. But decades before the Bastille fell, French writers had used the phrase to describe a different kind of selfish recklessness--not toward the flood of revolution but, rather, toward the flood of public debt. In Before the Deluge, Michael Sonenscher examines these fears and the responses to them, and the result is nothing less than a new way of thinking about the intellectual origins of the French Revolution.
In this nightmare vision of the future, many prerevolutionary observers predicted that the pressures generated by modern war finance would set off a chain of debt defaults that would either destroy established political orders or cause a sudden lurch into despotic rule. Nor was it clear that constitutional government could keep this possibility at bay. Constitutional government might make public credit more secure, but public credit might undermine constitutional government itself.
Before the Deluge examines how this predicament gave rise to a widespread eighteenth-century interest in figuring out how to establish and maintain representative governments able to realize the promise of public credit while avoiding its peril. By doing so, the book throws new light on a neglected aspect of modern political thought and on the French Revolution.
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"Before the Deluge could be a paradigm-shifting book for the history of eighteenth-century political thought. Sonenscher's knowledge of the subject is amazing. Highly original in its arguments, the book is also unusually ambitious in the way it links history to current issues."--Keith Michael Baker, Stanford University
"Michael Sonenscher's clear, lean, and jargon-free history of eighteenth-century France's coming to terms with the crisis of modernity is important, erudite, and imaginatively conceived. His consideration of what in less able hands would be an almost impossibly daunting array of prominent and lesser-known political thinkers is the product of deep immersion in the sources and of a considered reflection on the modern historiographical tradition of the French Revolution. Complex and multilayered, this book asks for and richly rewards careful study. This is the way intellectual history should be written."--E. J. Hundert, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
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Buchbeschreibung Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2007. Hardcover. Dustjacket. x, 415 p. ; 25 cm. Condition : very good copy. ISBN 9780691124995[KEYWORDS: HISTORY*, French Revolution. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 217537
Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey / Oxford, England, 2007. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very good condition. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: dj. x, 415 pp. Dustjacket. LCC: 2006016623. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0508I0496
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Buchbeschreibung Princeton University Press, 2007. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P11069112499X