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The Origins of Contemporary France : The Ancient Regime

By Taine, Hippolyte A.

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Title: The Origins of Contemporary France : The Ancient Regime  
Author: Taine, Hippolyte A.
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Taine, H. A. (n.d.). The Origins of Contemporary France : The Ancient Regime. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Introduction: Why should we fetch Taine?s work up from its dusty box in the basement of the national library? First of all because his realistic views of our human nature, of our civilization and of socialism as well as his dark premonitions of the 20th century were proven correct.

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Table of Contents: The Origins of Contemporary France: The Ancient Regime, 1 -- Hippolyte A. Taine, 1 -- Introduction, 1 -- Preface BY THE AUTHOR: ON POLITICAL IGNORANCE AND WISDOM, 7 -- BOOK FIRST. THE STRUCTURE OF THE ANCIENT SOCIETY, 10 -- Chapter I. THE ORIGIN OF PRIVILEGES, 10 -- Chapter II. THE PRIVILEGED CLASSES, 16 -- Chapter III. LOCAL SERVICES DUE BY THE PRIVILEGED CLASSES, 25 -- Chapter IV. PUBLIC SERVICES DUE BY THE PRIVILEGED CLASSES, 42 -- BOOK SECOND. MORALS AND CHARACTERS, 57 -- Chapter I. MORAL PRINCIPLES UNDER THE ANCIENT REGIME, 57 -- Chapter II. DRAWING ROOM LIFE.[1], 78 -- Chapter III. DISADVANTAGES OF THIS DRAWING ROOM LIFE, 98 -- BOOK THIRD. THE SPIRIT AND THE DOCTRINE, 105 -- Chapter I. SCIENTIFIC ACQUISITION, 105 -- Chapter II. THE CLASSIC SPIRIT, THE SECOND ELEMENT, 114 -- Chapter III. COMBINATION OF THE TWO ELEMENTS, 126 -- Chapter IV. ORGANIZING THE FUTURE SOCIETY, 141 -- BOOK FOURTH. THE PROPAGATION OF THE DOCTRINE, 153 -- Chapter I. SUCCESS OF THIS PHILOSOPHY IN FRANCE. ? FAILURE OF THE -- SAME PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLAND, 153 -- Chapter II. THE FRENCH PUBLIC, 167 -- Chapter III. THE MIDDLE CLASS, 184 -- BOOK FIFTH. THE PEOPLE, 197 -- Chapter I. HARDSHIPS, 198 -- Chapter II. TAXATION THE PRINCIPAL CAUSE OF MISERY, 210 -- Chapter III. INTELLECTUAL STATE OF THE PEOPLE, 225 -- Chapter IV. The Armed Forces, 234 -- Chapter V. SUMMARY, 239 -- END OF Volume NOTES:, 242

 

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