French Royalist Doctrines since the Revolution

French Royalist Doctrines since the Revolution

French Royalist Doctrines since the Revolution

French Royalist Doctrines since the Revolution

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Now that the United States has had one hundred and fifty years of experience of the reality of political democracy, ideas which were as gospel to past generations are being subjected to a new criticism. During these years the doctrines of equalitarian democracy have, on the whole, been in the ascendant in the western world, and political theories based on other conceptions of society have awakened relatively little interest, at least among English and American thinkers. Today it seems worth while to examine the doctrines of a group of men who were the opponents of democracy throughout this period. This book is not a history of the royalist parties in France since the Revolution. Such a work, if it were conscientiously written, would fill many volumes. It is only the political philosophy of the royalists and its evolution during the last hundred years which I have tried to portray. Whether or not events have justified their attitude these men have at least had the merit of consistently maintaining their own point of view, and among their theories some constructive suggestions are to be found.

Without the kindness of friends in France and in America this book could not have been written. I wish first of all to express my gratitude to Mr. Carlton Hayes and to Mr. Lindsay Rogers, whose advice and encouragement made my work possible. I have to thank Mr. Charles-H. Pouthas for the privilege of access to an unpublished work by Guizot, and Mr. Georges Poignant for many helpful suggestions, based on a remarkable knowledge of French political life in the nineteenth century. Mr. Charles Maurras has given me . . .

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