I finally got to the end of Deirdre McCloskey's overmannered Bourgeois Equality, and then lightning struck. I just happened to stumble over a copy of Alexis de Tocqueville's The Old Regime and the French Revolution in the remainder stacks at HalfPriceBooks. For $1.00. Plus tax.
Tocqueville argues that the French Revolution changed nothing in France.
Really. The most famous event in European history and it changed nothing? Surely you are joking, Mr. T.
Here is his argument in two lines:
1. Before the Revolution, France was a centralized top-down administrative monarchy.
2. After the Revolution, France was a centralized top-down administrative monarchy/republic, whatever.Yes, but what about them aristos, the nasty chaps that got sliced up by Madame Guillotine unless they were saved by Baroness Orczy's Scarlet Pumpernickel?
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