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Lectures on the History of France Volume 2 (Paperback) Loot Price: R559
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Lectures on the History of France Volume 2 (Paperback): James Stephen

Lectures on the History of France Volume 2 (Paperback)

James Stephen

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 69 LECTURE XVIII. ON THE POWER OF THE PEN IN FRANCE. At the commencement of these lectures I observed, that it was the high office of History to trace out the progress of public opinion in moulding the character and the condition of the nations; and I added, that, to indicate some of the steps of that progress in France, was the arduous task which I had ventured to propose to myself. It is, indeed, a task so arduous, that I ought perhaps to apologise for undertaking it at all. The leisure and the studies of a whole life would scarcely be sufficient for following the course of a few only of the many confluent streams by which the current of opinion was fed and swollen, as it shaped out the destinies of the French people. Who, indeed, shall undertake, with any confidence, to determine what were the political views, or what the moral sentiments, most widely diffused among them at each successive epoch of their national life ? Or who will pretend to such skill in the science of moral analytics, as to be able to resolve into their elements the motives by which they were actuated, or the judgments by which they wereguided, at even any one solitary period of the long centuries of their political existence ? If the secrets of any single bosom baffle the keenest human scrutiny, how may we hope to penetrate the mysteries of those great social movements, in the production of which the wills of myriads, if not of millions, of independent agents were concurring ? I answer, that all we can expect, and perhaps all that we can desire, is to approximate to the true solution of these enigmas; and that, though nothing less than Omniscience can completely resolve them, yet the faculties entrusted to ordinary men may be sufficient to ascertain both what have been the predominant propensit...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2012
First published: October 2012
Authors: James Stephen
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 9mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 286
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-86134-2
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-86134-2
Barcode: 9780217861342

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