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The French Idea of History: Joseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854

Carolina Armenteros


Émile Faguet described Joseph-Marie de Maistre (1753–1821) as: “A fierce absolutist, a furious theocrat…the champion of the hardest, narrowest, and most inflexible dogmatism…part learned doctor, part inquisitor, part executioner.” A view that has held sway ever since. This book, recovers a very different figure, one with a far more subtle understanding of, and response to, the events of his day—the crucial bridge between the Enlightenment and the historicized thought of the nineteenth century. The book demonstrates that Maistre inaugurated a specifically French way of thinking about past, pres ... More

Keywords: Joseph-Marie de Maistre, Enlightenment, Utopian Socialists, French Revolution, historical ideas, human renewal, French thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449437
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolina Armenteros, author
University of Groningen