The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800: The Challenge

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CONTENTS
Preface
I. The Age of the Democratic Revolution3
The Revolution of Western Civilization5
A "Democratic" Revolution: "Democrat" and "Aristocrat" in European Languages13
A Preview of What Follows20
II. Aristocracy about 1760: The Constituted Bodies27
The Diets of Eastern Europe30
Councils and Estates of the Middle Zone33
The Provincial Estates and Parlements of France41
Parliaments and Assemblies in the British Isles and America44
III. Aristocracy about 1760: Theory and Practice55
Montesquieu, Réal de Curban, Blackstone, Warburton56
Uses and Abuses of Social Rank67
Problems of Administration, Recruitment, Taxation, and Class Consciousness74
IV. Clashes with Monarchy85
The Quasi-Revolution in France, 1763-177486
The Monarchist Coup d'Etat of 1772 in Sweden99
The Hapsburg Empire103
V. A Clash with Democracy: Geneva and Jean-Jacques Rousseau111
Rousseau, Voltaire, and Geneva to 1762112
The Social Contract, 1762119
The Genevese Revolution of 1768127
VI. The British Parliament between King and People143
The British Constitution143
The First American Crisis: The Stamp Act153
Tribulations of Parliament, 1766-1774164
The Second American Crisis: The Coercive Acts and the Continental Congress173
VII. The American Revolution: The Forces in Conflict185
The Revolution: Was There Any?185
Anglo-America before the Revolution190

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