The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu

The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu : Humanitarian Despotism and the Conditions of Modern Tyranny

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John Waggoner's superb translation of and commentary on Joly's Dialogue-the first faithful translation in English-seeks not only to update the sordid legacy of the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion but to redeem Joly's original work for serious study in its own right, rather than through the lens of antisemitism. Waggoner's work vindicates a man who was neither an antisemite nor a supporter of the kind of tyrannical politics the Protocols subsequently served, and presents Maurice Joly, once much maligned and too long ignored, as one of the nineteenth century's foremost political thinkers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 35.6mm | 589.68g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739106996
  • 9780739106990
  • 528,823

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Joly's Dialogue addresses perennial questions that are now more urgent than ever: What are the prospects for freedom? Is the liberal system universally applicable? Is despotism a benighted remnant of the past or can it develop into new forms? After a century and a half, Joly's thought -repressed, ignored, hijacked, and misunderstood -comes into light [and] his voice is still quite fresh. The bitter irony of the despotic abuse to which this book was put demands redress by renewed access to Joly's liberal, anti-despotic thought. John Waggoner has made this possible for English-speaking readers. -- Richard F. Hassing A fair and timely reassessment of one of the earliest and most acute analysts of modern despotism. -- Pierre Manent, Centre de Recherches Politiques Raymond Aron (EHESS, Paris) Joly's is a classic diagnosis of distinctively modern despotism, and Waggoner adds to Joly's text an illuminating commentary. This book has lessons for all who love free government. -- Robert K. Faulkner In addition to teaching us about the permanence of the possibility of tyranny, and its perverse new forms in modernity, Joly compels us to wonder whether our liberalism or Machiavelli's is truer. Azure Joly's work is a briliant account of modern depotism, and of the vulnerability of republicanism to a Machiavellianism aware of the manipulability of popular mechanisms. Joly's updating of Machiavellianism deserves to be read as a prophetic and unwittingly influential document. Having detailed the despotism of its own century and inadvertently contributed to that of the century to come, perhaps in can help our century to learn to formulate an adequate response to the all-too enduring voice of tyranny. Review of Politics John Waggoner has done all of us a tremendous service by making available in English the text of Maurice Joly's Dialogue, as well as a penetrating analysis of this neglected work. His insight allows us to better understand the origins of both totalitarianism and anti-Semitism in the twentieth century. -- Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and the Last Man
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About Maurice Joly

John S. Waggoner has taught at the Sorbonne, the American University of Paris, and the American University of Cairo.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Translation Part 2 Text of the Dialogue Chapter 3 Part One Chapter 4 Part Two Chapter 5 Part Three Chapter 6 Part Four Part 7 Commentary Part 8 The Machiavelli-Montesquieu Debate Chapter 9 The Essential Differences Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu Chapter 10 An Elaboration of the Respective Political Teachings Part 11 The New Machiavellian Founding Chapter 12 The Political Revolution I Chapter 13 The Political Revolution II Chapter 14 The Economic Revolution Chapter 15 The Moral Revolution Part 16 The Saint-Simonian Elements in the New Modes and Orders Chapter 17 The Saint-Simonian Historical Element Chapter 18 The Saint-Simonian Religious Element Part 19 The Drama of theDialogue Chapter 20 The Portrait of Machiavelli Part 21 TheDialogue and History Chapter 22 Solving the Enigma of Louis Napoleon Chapter 23 The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Part 24 Appendix: Macaulay's Machiavelli
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