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Conservative thinking and the french revolution

Revista Sem Aspas. 2016;5(0):16-37


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Journal Title: Revista Sem Aspas

ISSN: 2238-359X (Print); 2358-4238 (Online)

Publisher: Universidade Estadual Paulista

Society/Institution: Universidade Estadual Paulista, Faculdade de Ciências e Letras de Araraquara

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Sociology (General) | Social Sciences: Social sciences (General)

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: Portuguese

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Rodrigo Dantas de Medeiros (UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista - "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" - Campus de Araraquara.)


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Abstract | Full Text

This article seeks to analyze three great exponents of European conservative thought, and it’s positioning before the French Revolution. Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821), Edmund Burke (1729-1797) and Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859). The French Revolution inaugurated a new phase in the history of humanity, raising the banner of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. However, in the portico of this Revolution was present the guillotine, and, in the midst of the revolutionary whirlwind that marked France, there was also the Kingdom of Terror, whose main character was the lawyer of Arras, Maxilimien de Robespierre, causing the French Revolution Was transformed into a Total Revolution, reaching all instances, whether civil, religious or administrative.