Elections in the French Revolution

Elections in the French Revolution

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Malcolm Crook
Cambridge University Press, 07/03/1996
EAN 9780521451918, ISBN10: 0521451914

Paperback, 235 pages, 23.4 x 15.9 x 2 cm

This book explores the vital but neglected issue of elections in the French Revolution. Based on extensive research in different regions of France, it is the only general survey to examine the full range of local and national contests, from the Estates General to the advent of Napoleon. Focusing on electoral behaviour, it reveals a fascinating experiment with a quasi-universal suffrage, which established enduring features of French elections. The retention of the traditional practice of voting in assemblies, and a refusal to acknowledge candidates, canvassing and competing political parties, inhibited the emergence of a pluralistic electoral culture. Nonetheless, frequent polling offered unprecedented political opportunities to millions. This revolutionary apprenticeship in democracy left a lasting imprint on the development of modern French citizenship.

"Crook provides the only thorough treatment of elections during the French Revolution....This in one of those rare books that seizes the attention, changes ways of thinking, and leaves one enlightened." Choice

"I have no hesitation in saying that Malcolm Crook's Elections in the French Revolution is one of the half-dozen most important books on the French Revolution to appear in English in the past twenty-five years....Any academic library that offers any support at any official or unofficial, formal or informal level of study of the French Revolution must make available to its clientele this extremely important, well-written, and thoroughly and imaginatively researched book, for its impact will long be essential." History