Frederick Sheehan

The Old Regime and the French Revolution

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On this 225th anniversary of liberté, égalit́́e, and fraternité, Alexis de Tocqueville’s The Old Regime and the French Revolution (L’Ancien régime et la revolution), published in 1856, is, if not as invigorating as La Marseillaise, a worthy reflection upon Bastille Day. Following are some excerpts from Chapter eight, which carries the subtitle: “How, given the facts set forth in the preceding chapters, the Revolution was a foregone conclusion”:

June 2014 – Noise

Frederick J. Sheehan is the author of Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession (McGraw-Hill, 2009), which was translated and republished in Chinese (2014). He is research…

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Confusion

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