Before Marx: Socialism and Communism in France, 1830–48 by Paul E Corcoran

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27-46. Leroux's writings are now available in Oeuvres (Geneva, 1978). George Sand declared herself to be 'only a pale shadow' of her lover, and wrote to a friend, 'I am certain that one day people will read Pierre Leroux as they do the Social Contract. M. ' E. Fourniere, Histoire socialiste, vol. VIII, p. 483. 14. English studies of the literary and romantic context of early French socialism are rare, as is evidenced by J. H. Billington's passing reference in Fire in the Minds of Men, p. 244. The main reference is D.

Indeed, the present government has no other foundation than this iniquitous distribution of charges and benefits. The Restoration instituted it in 1814 at the pleasure of the foreigner, 2 with the aim of enriching an imperceptible minority of the leftovers of the nation. A hundred-thousand bourgeois formed what they called, with a bitter irony, the democratic element. 3 What is to be said, for God's sake, of the other elements? Paul Courier4 has already immortalised the typical stock pot, that steam engine which crushes the material called people, in order to suck up the billions incessantly poured into the coffers of a few idlers.

304. 12. , p. 304-08. 13. For an account of Leroux's career as an editor and political publicist see J. Bakunin, Leroux and the Birth of Democratic Socialism (New York, 1976), pp. 27-46. Leroux's writings are now available in Oeuvres (Geneva, 1978). George Sand declared herself to be 'only a pale shadow' of her lover, and wrote to a friend, 'I am certain that one day people will read Pierre Leroux as they do the Social Contract. M. ' E. Fourniere, Histoire socialiste, vol. VIII, p. 483. 14. English studies of the literary and romantic context of early French socialism are rare, as is evidenced by J.

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