France under the Republic

France under the Republic

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France under the Republic

France under the Republic

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The first edition of this volume was published at a time when Conservatives and Clericals in France were asserting and reasserting her decadence. The book was intended as an answer to these pessimistic charges. It was an honest attempt to inventory the constructive work of the nation under the Republic, to gauge French life, not by those rhetorical assertions so frequently made by its official defenders, but by a calm statement of facts. Though well received by the public at large, a few accused it of excessive optimism. The writer again and again reiterated that there were great evils in the land of his birth; some of them he pointed out at length; others he assumed, perhaps without sufficient warrant, were known to his readers. To show the wholesome growth of the country, he produced a large array of evidence, very little of which has been contradicted, and all of which demonstrated the untenableness of the assertions of the opponents of the Republic. The terrible test of life and character to which . . .

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