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    Annelien de Dijn (2011). On Political Liberty: Montesquieu's Missing Manuscript. Political Theory 39 (2):181-204.
    This essay draws attention to the importance of Montesquieu’s earliest and unpublished writings on liberty for our understanding of the famous eleventh book of the Spirit of the Laws. Montesquieu’s investigation of the nature and preconditions of liberty, the author argues, was much more polemical than it is usually assumed. As an analysis of his notebooks shows, Montesquieu set out to wrest control over the concept of liberty from the republican admirers of classical antiquity, a faction that he believed to (...)
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    Annelien de Dijn (2010). Liberalism and Republicanism in the French Revolution. History of European Ideas 36 (1):130-133.
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    Annelien de Dijn (2008). The Intellectual Origins of Tocqueville's l'Ancien Régime Et la Révolution. Modern Intellectual History 5 (1):1-25.
    This essay shows that the central core of Tocqueville's book, its condemnation of the centralist state of the Old Regime, can be placed in a specific tradition in French political thought—the legitimist critique of centralization. Long before the publication of L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution , the legitimists had made the problem of centralization into one of their central themes, and they had come to attribute all of France's ills to the centralist legacy. As this essay illustrates, the particular vocabulary (...)
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    Raf Geenens & Annelien de Dijn (eds.) (2007). Reading Tocqueville: From Oracle to Actor. Palgrave Macmillan.
    The essays collected here aim to set up a dialogue between the 'historical' and the 'contemporary' Tocqueville. In what ways does a contextualization of Tocqueville throw new light on his relevance as a political thinker today? How can a focus on his embeddedness in the political culture of the nineteenth century contribute to our understanding of his political thought? Or, conversely, how has the usage of Tocqueville's writings in day-to-day political debate influenced the reception of his work both in the (...)
     
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    Annelien de Dijn (2011). A Third 'Democracy in America'? History of European Ideas 37 (3):406-408.
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    Annelien de Dijn (2013). From the Enlightenment to the Terror: New Genealogies. Modern Intellectual History 10 (1):153-162.
    Dan Edelstein is a prolific author. In less than two years he has produced not one but two books. His first, The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution , was published by The University of Chicago Press in October 2009. Its Irish twin, The Enlightenment: A Genealogy , appeared with the same press in the fall of 2010. Each of these books deals with a much-studied subject—respectively the Terror and the Enlightenment—the kind of (...)
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    Annelien De Dijn (2002). De onbeheersbaarheid van het verleden: Carlyle als historicus. de Uil van Minerva: Tijdschrift Voor Geschiedenis En Wijsbegeerte van de Cultuur 14:241-252.
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    Raf Geenens & Annelien De Dijn (2007). Tocqueville Today? : Contexts, Interpretations and Usages. In Raf Geenens & Annelien de Dijn (eds.), Reading Tocqueville: From Oracle to Actor. Palgrave Macmillan
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    Annelien de Dijn (2010). Bertrand de Jouvenel and the Revolt Against the State in Post-War America. Ethical Perspectives 17 (3):371.
    This paper focuses on the reception of Bertrand de Jouvenel’s Du Pouvoir in post-war America. I show how Jouvenel drew on a firmly established tradition of ‘aristocratic liberalism’ in French political thought, which in turn allowed him to develop a pessimistic outlook on modern Western political culture as inherently conducive to totalitarianism. This profound pessimism allowed Du Pouvoir, which fell relatively flat in France itself, to become a critical success in the Anglophone world. Jouvenel’s jeremiad resonated in particular with Cold (...)
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