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  1. Yann Yann says:

    Lamartine devant l'hôtel de ville 1848Alexis de Tocueville est un homme politiue français du XIXème siècle connu principalement pour son livre sur la démocratie en Amériue Dans ce livre il relate ses souvenirs personnels de la période de la révolution de 1848 ui a éclaté en France en dans lauelle il a joué un rôle important puisu'il prenait part à la vie politiue depuis la restauration Ça a été l'occasion pour moi de découvrir une période ue je connaissais assez peu cette seconde républiue éphémère Après avoir vaincu la révolte ouvrière elle élit premier président par le suffrage universel masculin J'avais beaucoup apprécié la lecture de ses autres œuvres et étais bien disposé au début de cette lecture à l'égard de l'auteur Mais si j'ai bien retrouvé cet esprit pénétrant ce sens de la maxime et ce style franc et simple ui m'avaient plu sa conduite m'a laissé plus circonspectTout son système est fondé sur la duplicité à l'égard des hommes et des institutions Son origine les malheurs de ses parents tout le disposait à nourrir contre la révolution et ceux u'elle avait élevés des sentiments de rancune Les trois glorieuses avaient déjà été un rude choc pour lui dont il s'était distrait par sa mission en Amériue La classe moyenne ayant accédé au pouvoir lui semblait la plus ridicule des choses le roi Louis Philippe lui fait l'effet d'un imbécile les socialistes lui faisaient horreur par leurs mœurs et leurs idées il n'a guère plus d'estime pour cet aventurier de Napoléon III le monde entier lui semble soit conduit par des idéaux stupides fondés sur du vent soit par un intérêt sordide ui rend ceux ui sont atteint par cette passion aussi maniables ue des pantins Or comme il constate également le progrès inéluctable des idées libérales il s'accommode à contre cœur des institutions u'elles établissent mais s'ingénie à en corrompre l'esprit Il chérit la liberté mais les français en sont indignes; l'égalité est une chimère ui le rend malade; uant à la fraternité il ne l'envisage u'avec ses semblables Ces sentiments le confortent à multiplier les expédients pour s'accrocher au pouvoir à tout prix et il ne cesse de flatter la finesse des manœuvres avec lauelle il dupe la simplicité de ses adversaires Son but établir des institutions républicaines ui puissent faire barrage à la démagogie en agitant la peur u'inspire la colère des révoltésPour lui la misère des ouvriers animés de passions cupides aveugles et grossières n'est rien Leurs femmes ui prennent part à la lutte à l'égal des hommes n'y amènent ue des passions de ménagère elles ui pour mettre à l'aise leur mari et élever leurs enfants aiment cette guerre comme une loterie Certes il sait gré à la fortune de lui avoir accordé une position avantageuse mais manifestement c'est assez ue ce partage lui convienne pour ue chacun se contente du sien Mais on comprend u'il vit surtout dans un monde à part car tout ce ui ne lui ressemble pas le dégoute Rien ne le blesse si vivement ue lorsu'on manue à lui prodiguer les marues de respect auxuelles il a été habitué Cette sensibilité le rend étrangement partial et aveugle lui ui est par ailleurs si pénétrant en affaire politiues C'est comme s'il voyait les hommes toujours plus noirs u'ils ne sont cherchant à mieux épuiser leurs vices par une liberté enrobée de mensongesLorsu'il rencontre Georges Sand à un diner entre les insurrections de février et juin 1848 après avoir ironisé méchamment sur ses amours il remarue c'était la première fois ue j'entrais en rapport direct et familier avec une personne ui pût et voulût me dire en partie ce ui se passait dans le camp de nos adversaires Les partis ne se connaissent jamais les uns les autres ils s'approchent ils se pressent ils se saisissent ils ne se voient point Aussi lors de la première réunion de l'Assemblée De la place ue j'occupais je pouvais facilement entendre ce ui se disait sur les bancs de la Montagne et surtout voir ce ui s'y passait Cela me donna occasion d'étudier assez particulièrement les hommes ui habitaient cette partie de la Chambre Ce fut pour moi comme la découverte d'un nouveau monde On se console de ne point connaître les pays étrangers en pensant u'on connaît du moins son propre pays et l'on a tort car il se trouve toujours dans celui là même des contrées u'on n'a point visitées et des races d'hommes ui vous sont nouvelles La lecture de ce texte est saisissante à plus d'un titre l'auteur semble s'y livrer avec une très grande franchise et offre un témoignage de première main de ce ue fut cette révolution Comme tout semble déjà familier C'est naguère On y voit nos institutions y acuérir des caractéristiues u'elles ont depuis conservé C'était une lecture aussi intéressante u'agréable


  2. Richard Richard says:

    De Tocueville is famous at least in the United States for his work Democracy in America But he also wrote about his home county and France was a pretty crazy place through the nineteenth century He was of the nobility but partially due to his time in the US was attuned to the flaws and troubles of the democratic and republican forms of government than many of his contemporaries He wrote this book Recollections on the French Revolution as a memoir without planning on publication so it is frank to a sometimes brutal extent regarding the other leading figures in revolutionary France De Tocueville’s Recollections weren't written contemporaneously with events but fairly soon and with no expectation of publicationIt is unfortunate that a private diary can be subpoenaed in the United States The law isn’t perfectly clear on that but it seems likely that most highly placed government officials will be too wary of that problem to write as candidly as de Tocueville did He actually wrote after the events at hand but still within just a few years Such a memoir of a highly positioned person provides a glimpse of inner workings which would often seem too uotidian to remember at the end of a long career but would provide the historian the psychologist and even the lay reader with a clearer view of that world


  3. Alan Johnson Alan Johnson says:

    I read this book some decades ago probably in the 1990s It is one of Tocueville's splendid works In this case he was both a participant in and a historian of the political actions he describes


  4. Inés Chamarro Inés Chamarro says:

    Tocueville was a member of Parliament at the time of the 1848 revolution in France which took down Louis Philippe's monarchy and replaced him for a Republic; he was part of the committee that drafted the Republican constitution and then was Minister of Foreign Affairs for a brief time the next year Here he tells his impressions of the whole thing It is always interesting to read of troubling times from a first hand witness but in this case there is the added incentive that Tocueville is a man in the habit of observing and reflecting and his judgements on a number of happenings and characters are fascinating especially because he is outrageously candid in his opinions and very sincere as to his own conniving obviously the Souvenirs were not initially intended for publication which allows him to be less diplomatic His opinions in themselves are interesting because they come from a man belonging to an aristocracy which had lost all power but retained a certain influence who hates the feeling of being under the thumb of what he feels as a crass utilitarian indelicate and badly educated bourgeoisie despises a king who thinks only of the industry describes Louis Napoleon as an adventurer too dangerous to the State to be left unchecked trying to handle him was an interesting proposition but it ultimately fails same as Cicero failed to handle young Octavian in a not entirely dissimilar situation and generally thinks of his fellow politicians only in terms of how they can best be used to serve Tocueville's purposes I find it is to Tocueville's credit thinking as he does that he is uite reconciled to the idea of having a republic he doesn't particularly like because he can see no other viable option for the survival of the State and does his utmost to protect the system even though governed by people he doesn't particularly relate to and while knowing that the whole thing is doomed because of the intrinsic contradiction of a strong Parliament and a strong Presidency held by someone with barely concealed imperial ambitions I read this book shortly after reading Victor Hugo's Histoire d'un crime which also relates first hand impressions of what happens eighteen months later when President Louis Napoleon indeed carries out a coup against the Parliament Victor Hugo was also a member of Parliament though rather to the left than Tocueville was already opposed to Louis Napoleon himself before the coup and incensed at the audacity of Napoleon le Petit tries to lead a counter revolution against the government by prompting the people to the barricades ultimately this failed too France ended up as an empire again and Victor Hugo paid for his acts with a 20 year exile It is very interesting to compare the two as a rendering of the times from the two perspectives of a cold blooded thinking and rather cynical right wing man Tocueville and a very hot blooded left wing man of action inspired by the heroic romanticism of the era Hugo


  5. Alexander Alexander says:

    We learn in this book that Tocueville typically carried a sword cane for self defense and this fact alone is sufficient to prove Tocueville's coolness But beyond this Tocueville is freuently noted for his brilliant powers of insight He possessed an astonishing ability to see what was happening beneath the surface of human behavior In his well known works like Democracy in America this skill is pressed into analyzing social and political trends and tendencies but in the Recollections his diary of the revolution of 1848 we see him deploy these skills upon individuals and the result is eually penetrating but humorous His description of King Louis Philippe for example is tremendous


  6. David David says:

    The revolutionsuprisings of 1848 is a subject I've been meaning to get to for over a decade but there always seem to be a couple of book and subjects ahead of it on my reading list As it happens I listen to Mike Duncan's podcast Revolutions which I highly recommend and he is presently going through 1848 and I noticed de Tocueville and his book is mentioned uite a bit and I thought it would be a nice non academic first book on 1848 I've long known about de Tocueville and especially his book on America but never got around to read anything by him Glad I finally got to it since I think the book's prose and style is great and it was a pleasure to read With that in mind I have a hard time believing de Tocueville's claim that the book isn't written for anyone but himself but maybe de Tocueville was just a very gifted writer for whom style came easy It is easier to believe he didn't want the book to be published until after everyone mentioned in the book has passed away sincethe portrait's of many of the people in the book isn't very flattering and some passages could have had political implications long after they were written The book is a memoir from the events leading up to 1848 until the government in which de Tocueville was foreign minister is dissolved in 1851 It certainly isn't necessary to know every detail about 1848 before reading it but I do think it helps if you have an overall grasp of the events the episodes covering 1848 on Mike Duncan's podcast mentioned above or the wikipedia entry covering the revolution in France in 1848 should be enough At least it was for meAs de Tocueville is a part of the national assembly and later a minister as mentioned in Paris you get a personal take and a real inside view of everything that goes on in the political center of the action The personal portrait's are many and manages without any circumlocution to make the historical character's human's of flesh and blood and with both strengths and flaws which serves to make the events seem close and alive The conflicts in the assembly later the government and also to some extent the streets and barricades which de Tocueville both passes on his way to the assembly and also motivates the troops to attack at one point are all described in detail de Tocueville ends his book with the fall of his government which mean he doesn't write about his participation in the resistance to Napoleon IIIs coup in 1851 which got de Tocueville sent to prison for a short time Maybe it was a subject to dangerous for him to write about with a prison sentence threatening if the writings were ever found by the authorities but as someone living with a safety barrier of close to 170 years since the events it would have been interesting to read how de Tocueville reasoned and how he experienced those events To me the best part of the book is the days of rebellion in the streets and especially the June days Even though de Tocueville is writing two years after the fact he manages to capture and convey the tension and emotion which ruled the assembly and Paris those days And here is really the value of reading a memoir of the events instead of a historian's sober take which instead usually have the benefit of better disposition and a bird's eye perspective When the uprising has been spoiler alert crushed and the memoir shifts to de Tocueville's time as foreign minister the book becomes way less interesting It might be just me and my interest in the uprising of 1848 but the discussions covering alliances in the government and foreign policy in de Tocueville's time as minister isn't as captivating as the first 34 of the book While I'm way sympathetic to the worker's which make the uprising and their supporters in the assembly than de Tocueville I do appreciate his observational and analytical faculties He might view the worker's as a greedy bunch full of vices and seemingly without any redeeming ualities but he does see their uprising as something which heralded something new And I guess that new thing would be as Mike Duncan points out in his podcast the separation of the political uestion the importance of constitution expanding of the voter base abolition of hereditary class privilege's and the social uestion salaries bread and water housing etc in revolutions Before 1848 the political uestion had been the dominant with the working class to weak to make the social uestion an important part of the agenda 1848 is the year when the working class in at least Paris is strong enough to make the social uestion not only a part of the agenda but in the June days The agenda I don't want it to sound like that is all de Tocueville analytical abilities manage to muster As a man of the center in the assembly he was in those days in uite a precarious position with the assembly filled with both many feeling the abolition of the old had not gone far enough and many others feeling it had gone way to far This gives de Tocueville plenty of opportunity to analyze political character's events and positions There is one piece missing though which is not very surprising given the nature of the book as a memoir for himself of the events which is an explanation of his understanding and defense freedom He see himself as a champion of freedom and on occasion he claims he doesdoesn't do something because how it would affect the freedom in France but he never explain what this freedom is or why he supports it My guess is that Democracy in America is the book for that A book I highly recommend if you have an interest in 19th century history uprisings or have an interest in de Tocueville If you want a comprehensive book of everything that happened in 1848 this is not the book for you If you want a personal memoir from the streets and the national assembly in Paris this year of revolutions in Europe this certainly is the book for you


  7. Paul Paul says:

    Much personal and even caustic than Tocueville's detached works like Democracy in America; so the Frenchman's extraordinary perception shines through in unexpected ways


  8. Dario Andrade Dario Andrade says:

    Se fosse possível daria 6 estrelas a esse livro Seguramente uma das melhores obras de análise política de todos os tempos Só isso Publicada postumamente é um misto de análise e impressões pessoas sobre os acontecimentos na França de 1848 e anos seguintes Traz muitas das anotações ue ele foi fazendo ao longo dos acontecimentos o ue inclui a sua passagem pelo ministério durante alguns meses de 1849 uando da revolução de 48 Tocueville já tinha uma estrada bem longa Já era o conhecido autor de Democracia na América já fora eleito para a Academia Francesa e ocupava há muitos anos uma cadeira no parlamento Como poucos pouuíssimos ele foi capaz de aliar carreira política com análise política de forma brilhante até mesmo genial em alguns pontos Impressiona como era capaz de insights proféticos no curto no médio e no longo prazo Por exemplo pouco menos de um mês da revolução em janeiro de 1848 ele pronunciou discurso em ue afirmava ue “no momento em ue estamos creio ue dormimos sobre um vulcão disse estou profundamente convencido” Enfim um livro ler estudar anotar marcar e rabiscar e reler Leitura para ualuer um ue se interesse por política e ueira saber como as coisas funcionam no mundo real a partir do ponto de vista de um analista brilhante e ue – bônus – escreve deliciosamente bem


  9. Alex6279 Alex6279 says:

    A view of 1848 revolution through the eyes of a minister from that period It seems to be a clear picture of a difficult era


  10. Amy Amy says:

    A fun Tocueville read he's blunt and its lovely


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Souvenirs [Reading] ➶ Souvenirs Author Alexis de Tocqueville – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk O ano é 1848 Ao longo de um inverno particularmente rigoroso agitações políticas e sociais espalham se pela França A população de Paris centro nevrálgico da monaruia subleva se no final de fev O ano é Ao longo de um inverno particularmente rigoroso agitações políticas e sociais espalham se pela França A população de Paris centro nevrálgico da monaruia subleva se no final de fevereiro forçando a abdicação e a fuga do rei Luís Filipe Contudo uma forte reação conservadora logo se impõe no governo republicano e na nova Assembleia Constituinte No mês de junho dezenas de milhares de operários levantam barricadas na primeira revolução socialista moderna cuja repressão implacável resulta na morte de uase mil pessoas Em Lembranças de Alexis de Tocueville oferece à posteridade seu testemunho dauele momento crucial da história da França e de toda a Europa reconstituindo com vividez os fatos e personagens do drama revolucionário desde seu ponto de vista de cidadão deputado e ministro do “partido da ordem” como Marx denominou as forças reacionárias de então Com a franueza ue apenas o compromisso com as gerações futuras pode proporcionar o autor retrata o emaranhado de facções em luta pelo poder durante a Segunda República sem se deixar iludir pelo olhar enviesado de membro de uma aristocrática família e denuncia com irônica lucidez o artificialismo e a teatralidade da política.

10 thoughts on “Souvenirs

  1. Yann Yann says:

    Lamartine devant l'hôtel de ville 1848Alexis de Tocueville est un homme politiue français du XIXème siècle connu principalement pour son livre sur la démocratie en Amériue Dans ce livre il relate ses souvenirs personnels de la période de la révolution de 1848 ui a éclaté en France en dans lauelle il a joué un rôle important puisu'il prenait part à la vie politiue depuis la restauration Ça a été l'occasion pour moi de découvrir une période ue je connaissais assez peu cette seconde républiue éphémère Après avoir vaincu la révolte ouvrière elle élit premier président par le suffrage universel masculin J'avais beaucoup apprécié la lecture de ses autres œuvres et étais bien disposé au début de cette lecture à l'égard de l'auteur Mais si j'ai bien retrouvé cet esprit pénétrant ce sens de la maxime et ce style franc et simple ui m'avaient plu sa conduite m'a laissé plus circonspectTout son système est fondé sur la duplicité à l'égard des hommes et des institutions Son origine les malheurs de ses parents tout le disposait à nourrir contre la révolution et ceux u'elle avait élevés des sentiments de rancune Les trois glorieuses avaient déjà été un rude choc pour lui dont il s'était distrait par sa mission en Amériue La classe moyenne ayant accédé au pouvoir lui semblait la plus ridicule des choses le roi Louis Philippe lui fait l'effet d'un imbécile les socialistes lui faisaient horreur par leurs mœurs et leurs idées il n'a guère plus d'estime pour cet aventurier de Napoléon III le monde entier lui semble soit conduit par des idéaux stupides fondés sur du vent soit par un intérêt sordide ui rend ceux ui sont atteint par cette passion aussi maniables ue des pantins Or comme il constate également le progrès inéluctable des idées libérales il s'accommode à contre cœur des institutions u'elles établissent mais s'ingénie à en corrompre l'esprit Il chérit la liberté mais les français en sont indignes; l'égalité est une chimère ui le rend malade; uant à la fraternité il ne l'envisage u'avec ses semblables Ces sentiments le confortent à multiplier les expédients pour s'accrocher au pouvoir à tout prix et il ne cesse de flatter la finesse des manœuvres avec lauelle il dupe la simplicité de ses adversaires Son but établir des institutions républicaines ui puissent faire barrage à la démagogie en agitant la peur u'inspire la colère des révoltésPour lui la misère des ouvriers animés de passions cupides aveugles et grossières n'est rien Leurs femmes ui prennent part à la lutte à l'égal des hommes n'y amènent ue des passions de ménagère elles ui pour mettre à l'aise leur mari et élever leurs enfants aiment cette guerre comme une loterie Certes il sait gré à la fortune de lui avoir accordé une position avantageuse mais manifestement c'est assez ue ce partage lui convienne pour ue chacun se contente du sien Mais on comprend u'il vit surtout dans un monde à part car tout ce ui ne lui ressemble pas le dégoute Rien ne le blesse si vivement ue lorsu'on manue à lui prodiguer les marues de respect auxuelles il a été habitué Cette sensibilité le rend étrangement partial et aveugle lui ui est par ailleurs si pénétrant en affaire politiues C'est comme s'il voyait les hommes toujours plus noirs u'ils ne sont cherchant à mieux épuiser leurs vices par une liberté enrobée de mensongesLorsu'il rencontre Georges Sand à un diner entre les insurrections de février et juin 1848 après avoir ironisé méchamment sur ses amours il remarue c'était la première fois ue j'entrais en rapport direct et familier avec une personne ui pût et voulût me dire en partie ce ui se passait dans le camp de nos adversaires Les partis ne se connaissent jamais les uns les autres ils s'approchent ils se pressent ils se saisissent ils ne se voient point Aussi lors de la première réunion de l'Assemblée De la place ue j'occupais je pouvais facilement entendre ce ui se disait sur les bancs de la Montagne et surtout voir ce ui s'y passait Cela me donna occasion d'étudier assez particulièrement les hommes ui habitaient cette partie de la Chambre Ce fut pour moi comme la découverte d'un nouveau monde On se console de ne point connaître les pays étrangers en pensant u'on connaît du moins son propre pays et l'on a tort car il se trouve toujours dans celui là même des contrées u'on n'a point visitées et des races d'hommes ui vous sont nouvelles La lecture de ce texte est saisissante à plus d'un titre l'auteur semble s'y livrer avec une très grande franchise et offre un témoignage de première main de ce ue fut cette révolution Comme tout semble déjà familier C'est naguère On y voit nos institutions y acuérir des caractéristiues u'elles ont depuis conservé C'était une lecture aussi intéressante u'agréable

  2. Richard Richard says:

    De Tocueville is famous at least in the United States for his work Democracy in America But he also wrote about his home county and France was a pretty crazy place through the nineteenth century He was of the nobility but partially due to his time in the US was attuned to the flaws and troubles of the democratic and republican forms of government than many of his contemporaries He wrote this book Recollections on the French Revolution as a memoir without planning on publication so it is frank to a sometimes brutal extent regarding the other leading figures in revolutionary France De Tocueville’s Recollections weren't written contemporaneously with events but fairly soon and with no expectation of publicationIt is unfortunate that a private diary can be subpoenaed in the United States The law isn’t perfectly clear on that but it seems likely that most highly placed government officials will be too wary of that problem to write as candidly as de Tocueville did He actually wrote after the events at hand but still within just a few years Such a memoir of a highly positioned person provides a glimpse of inner workings which would often seem too uotidian to remember at the end of a long career but would provide the historian the psychologist and even the lay reader with a clearer view of that world

  3. Alan Johnson Alan Johnson says:

    I read this book some decades ago probably in the 1990s It is one of Tocueville's splendid works In this case he was both a participant in and a historian of the political actions he describes

  4. Inés Chamarro Inés Chamarro says:

    Tocueville was a member of Parliament at the time of the 1848 revolution in France which took down Louis Philippe's monarchy and replaced him for a Republic; he was part of the committee that drafted the Republican constitution and then was Minister of Foreign Affairs for a brief time the next year Here he tells his impressions of the whole thing It is always interesting to read of troubling times from a first hand witness but in this case there is the added incentive that Tocueville is a man in the habit of observing and reflecting and his judgements on a number of happenings and characters are fascinating especially because he is outrageously candid in his opinions and very sincere as to his own conniving obviously the Souvenirs were not initially intended for publication which allows him to be less diplomatic His opinions in themselves are interesting because they come from a man belonging to an aristocracy which had lost all power but retained a certain influence who hates the feeling of being under the thumb of what he feels as a crass utilitarian indelicate and badly educated bourgeoisie despises a king who thinks only of the industry describes Louis Napoleon as an adventurer too dangerous to the State to be left unchecked trying to handle him was an interesting proposition but it ultimately fails same as Cicero failed to handle young Octavian in a not entirely dissimilar situation and generally thinks of his fellow politicians only in terms of how they can best be used to serve Tocueville's purposes I find it is to Tocueville's credit thinking as he does that he is uite reconciled to the idea of having a republic he doesn't particularly like because he can see no other viable option for the survival of the State and does his utmost to protect the system even though governed by people he doesn't particularly relate to and while knowing that the whole thing is doomed because of the intrinsic contradiction of a strong Parliament and a strong Presidency held by someone with barely concealed imperial ambitions I read this book shortly after reading Victor Hugo's Histoire d'un crime which also relates first hand impressions of what happens eighteen months later when President Louis Napoleon indeed carries out a coup against the Parliament Victor Hugo was also a member of Parliament though rather to the left than Tocueville was already opposed to Louis Napoleon himself before the coup and incensed at the audacity of Napoleon le Petit tries to lead a counter revolution against the government by prompting the people to the barricades ultimately this failed too France ended up as an empire again and Victor Hugo paid for his acts with a 20 year exile It is very interesting to compare the two as a rendering of the times from the two perspectives of a cold blooded thinking and rather cynical right wing man Tocueville and a very hot blooded left wing man of action inspired by the heroic romanticism of the era Hugo

  5. Alexander Alexander says:

    We learn in this book that Tocueville typically carried a sword cane for self defense and this fact alone is sufficient to prove Tocueville's coolness But beyond this Tocueville is freuently noted for his brilliant powers of insight He possessed an astonishing ability to see what was happening beneath the surface of human behavior In his well known works like Democracy in America this skill is pressed into analyzing social and political trends and tendencies but in the Recollections his diary of the revolution of 1848 we see him deploy these skills upon individuals and the result is eually penetrating but humorous His description of King Louis Philippe for example is tremendous

  6. David David says:

    The revolutionsuprisings of 1848 is a subject I've been meaning to get to for over a decade but there always seem to be a couple of book and subjects ahead of it on my reading list As it happens I listen to Mike Duncan's podcast Revolutions which I highly recommend and he is presently going through 1848 and I noticed de Tocueville and his book is mentioned uite a bit and I thought it would be a nice non academic first book on 1848 I've long known about de Tocueville and especially his book on America but never got around to read anything by him Glad I finally got to it since I think the book's prose and style is great and it was a pleasure to read With that in mind I have a hard time believing de Tocueville's claim that the book isn't written for anyone but himself but maybe de Tocueville was just a very gifted writer for whom style came easy It is easier to believe he didn't want the book to be published until after everyone mentioned in the book has passed away sincethe portrait's of many of the people in the book isn't very flattering and some passages could have had political implications long after they were written The book is a memoir from the events leading up to 1848 until the government in which de Tocueville was foreign minister is dissolved in 1851 It certainly isn't necessary to know every detail about 1848 before reading it but I do think it helps if you have an overall grasp of the events the episodes covering 1848 on Mike Duncan's podcast mentioned above or the wikipedia entry covering the revolution in France in 1848 should be enough At least it was for meAs de Tocueville is a part of the national assembly and later a minister as mentioned in Paris you get a personal take and a real inside view of everything that goes on in the political center of the action The personal portrait's are many and manages without any circumlocution to make the historical character's human's of flesh and blood and with both strengths and flaws which serves to make the events seem close and alive The conflicts in the assembly later the government and also to some extent the streets and barricades which de Tocueville both passes on his way to the assembly and also motivates the troops to attack at one point are all described in detail de Tocueville ends his book with the fall of his government which mean he doesn't write about his participation in the resistance to Napoleon IIIs coup in 1851 which got de Tocueville sent to prison for a short time Maybe it was a subject to dangerous for him to write about with a prison sentence threatening if the writings were ever found by the authorities but as someone living with a safety barrier of close to 170 years since the events it would have been interesting to read how de Tocueville reasoned and how he experienced those events To me the best part of the book is the days of rebellion in the streets and especially the June days Even though de Tocueville is writing two years after the fact he manages to capture and convey the tension and emotion which ruled the assembly and Paris those days And here is really the value of reading a memoir of the events instead of a historian's sober take which instead usually have the benefit of better disposition and a bird's eye perspective When the uprising has been spoiler alert crushed and the memoir shifts to de Tocueville's time as foreign minister the book becomes way less interesting It might be just me and my interest in the uprising of 1848 but the discussions covering alliances in the government and foreign policy in de Tocueville's time as minister isn't as captivating as the first 34 of the book While I'm way sympathetic to the worker's which make the uprising and their supporters in the assembly than de Tocueville I do appreciate his observational and analytical faculties He might view the worker's as a greedy bunch full of vices and seemingly without any redeeming ualities but he does see their uprising as something which heralded something new And I guess that new thing would be as Mike Duncan points out in his podcast the separation of the political uestion the importance of constitution expanding of the voter base abolition of hereditary class privilege's and the social uestion salaries bread and water housing etc in revolutions Before 1848 the political uestion had been the dominant with the working class to weak to make the social uestion an important part of the agenda 1848 is the year when the working class in at least Paris is strong enough to make the social uestion not only a part of the agenda but in the June days The agenda I don't want it to sound like that is all de Tocueville analytical abilities manage to muster As a man of the center in the assembly he was in those days in uite a precarious position with the assembly filled with both many feeling the abolition of the old had not gone far enough and many others feeling it had gone way to far This gives de Tocueville plenty of opportunity to analyze political character's events and positions There is one piece missing though which is not very surprising given the nature of the book as a memoir for himself of the events which is an explanation of his understanding and defense freedom He see himself as a champion of freedom and on occasion he claims he doesdoesn't do something because how it would affect the freedom in France but he never explain what this freedom is or why he supports it My guess is that Democracy in America is the book for that A book I highly recommend if you have an interest in 19th century history uprisings or have an interest in de Tocueville If you want a comprehensive book of everything that happened in 1848 this is not the book for you If you want a personal memoir from the streets and the national assembly in Paris this year of revolutions in Europe this certainly is the book for you

  7. Paul Paul says:

    Much personal and even caustic than Tocueville's detached works like Democracy in America; so the Frenchman's extraordinary perception shines through in unexpected ways

  8. Dario Andrade Dario Andrade says:

    Se fosse possível daria 6 estrelas a esse livro Seguramente uma das melhores obras de análise política de todos os tempos Só isso Publicada postumamente é um misto de análise e impressões pessoas sobre os acontecimentos na França de 1848 e anos seguintes Traz muitas das anotações ue ele foi fazendo ao longo dos acontecimentos o ue inclui a sua passagem pelo ministério durante alguns meses de 1849 uando da revolução de 48 Tocueville já tinha uma estrada bem longa Já era o conhecido autor de Democracia na América já fora eleito para a Academia Francesa e ocupava há muitos anos uma cadeira no parlamento Como poucos pouuíssimos ele foi capaz de aliar carreira política com análise política de forma brilhante até mesmo genial em alguns pontos Impressiona como era capaz de insights proféticos no curto no médio e no longo prazo Por exemplo pouco menos de um mês da revolução em janeiro de 1848 ele pronunciou discurso em ue afirmava ue “no momento em ue estamos creio ue dormimos sobre um vulcão disse estou profundamente convencido” Enfim um livro ler estudar anotar marcar e rabiscar e reler Leitura para ualuer um ue se interesse por política e ueira saber como as coisas funcionam no mundo real a partir do ponto de vista de um analista brilhante e ue – bônus – escreve deliciosamente bem

  9. Alex6279 Alex6279 says:

    A view of 1848 revolution through the eyes of a minister from that period It seems to be a clear picture of a difficult era

  10. Amy Amy says:

    A fun Tocueville read he's blunt and its lovely

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