Revolutions Revisited: Two Faces of the Politics of Enlightenment

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1994 - 136 pages
What happens after the revolution? In this elegant extended essay, Ralph Lerner explores how suchs enlightened revolutionaries as Franklin, Lincoln, and Tocqueville met the challenge of translating a revolution into lasting political and social change. Ei

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Revolution "first must be made, in institutions, thinking and expectation and then defended against overt enemies without and covert enemies within,'' writes Lerner. Through the writings of Benjamin ... Read full review

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Contents

Dr Janus
3
Americas Place in the Enlightenment
19
A Dialogue of Fathers and Sons
39
Revisioning Our Revolution
55
What Manner of Speech?
57
Burkes Muffled Oars
67
Lincoln s Revolution
88
Tocquevilles Political Sermon
112
Revival through Recollection
129
Index
135
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Ralph Lerner is professor, Committee on Social Thought, at the University of Chicago. He is author of The Thinking Revolutionary: Principle and Practice in the New Republic and coeditor of The Founders' Constitution.

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