Demos Assembled

Democracy and the International Origins of the Modern State, 1840–1880

Stephen W. Sawyer

Demos Assembled

Stephen W. Sawyer

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226544465 Will Publish April 2018
E-book $45.00 ISBN: 9780226544632 Will Publish April 2018
Previous studies have covered in great detail how the modern state slowly emerged from the early Renaissance through the seventeenth century, but we know relatively little about the next great act: the birth and transformation of the modern democratic state. And in an era where our democratic institutions are rife with conflict, it’s more important now than ever to understand how our institutions came into being.

Stephen W. Sawyer’s Demos Assembled provides us with a fresh, transatlantic understanding of that political order’s genesis. While the French influence on American political development is well understood, Sawyer sheds new light on the subsequent reciprocal influence that American thinkers and politicians had on the establishment of post-revolutionary regimes in France. He argues that the emergence of the stable Third Republic (1870–1940), which is typically said to have been driven by idiosyncratic internal factors, was in fact a deeply transnational, dynamic phenomenon. Sawyer’s findings reach beyond their historical moment, speaking broadly to conceptions of state formation: how contingent claims to authority, whether grounded in violence or appeals to reason and common cause, take form as stateness.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Problems of the Democratic State
Chapter 1: Inequality: Alexis de Tocqueville and the Democratic Foundations of a Modern Administrative Power
Chapter 2: Equality: Lucien-Anatole Prévost-Paradol and the Democratization of Government
Chapter 3: Emergency: Edouard Laboulaye’s Constitutionalism
Chapter 4: Necessity: Adolph Thiers’s Liberal Democratic Executive
Chapter 5: Exclusion: Jenny d’Héricourt on the Edges of the Political
Chapter 6: Terror: Louis Blanc’s Historical Theory of Circumstances
Conclusion: Democratic Ends of State
Notes
Index
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