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TLS Review of Tocqueville’s ŒUVRES COMPLÈTES Tome XVII: Correspondance à divers

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In the Times Literary Supplement, Michael Sonenscher has reviewed the final volume of Tocqueville’s ŒUVRES COMPLÈTES:
Quite a few people, setting out for their first visit to, say, China from Britain or the United States would be likely, when they arrived, to want to find out more about its history, culture, economy, institutions and politics. Not many people setting out for their first visit to China would be likely, when they arrived, to want to find out more about what people in Britain or the US think about the history, culture, economy, institutions and politics of China. Alexis de Tocqueville, however, was one. The country, of course, was not China, but America and,

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Revue de presse : 19 septembre 2021

September 19, 2021

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Sur les deux rives de l’Atlantique, les statues font partie du débat actuel sur la mémoire collective. Pour la Vie des idées, Arnaud Exbalin commente Les statues de la discorde, un ouvrage récent de Jacqueline Lalouette qui investigue ce phénomène. Selon Lalouette, les prises de position sur la question sont plus variées que la vision manichéenne qui trop souvent encadre le débat.

Le procès des attentats du 13 novembre 2015 a commencé et la question des motivations réelles des terroristes se pose. Au site AOC, Raphaël Künstler commente le texte de revendication diffusé au lendemain des attentats pour essayer à répondre à cette question pertinente.

Quel rôle les plateformes numériques

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New Lows in Old Alliances

September 18, 2021

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The surprise announcement on Wednesday, September 15, of a new naval defense partnership between Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom blindsided French President Emmanuel Macron. In 2016, Australia had signed an agreement with French defense company DCNS (now Naval Group), which was complemented by a 2019 Franco-Australian strategic partnership agreement. Not only was France, the world’s third most powerful navy, hoping that the deal would cement its strategic role in the Indo-Pacific, it also was depending on it for economic investment and jobs in particular. The deal was projected to generate close to $100 billion for the French economy over the next half-century.

In a virtually unprecedented move, Macron

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Revue de Presse: 21 June

June 21, 2021

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James McAuley, until recently the Paris correspondent for the Washington Post, has received glowing coverage of his book “The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France” in both the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books. In their respective reviews, both Julian Barnes and David A. Bell explore how a book purportedly about objects is, in fact, a profound meditation on identity and antisemitism.
How have debates over history come to be so central to American politics? What is at stake in the conflict between those who trace America’s founding to 1619 vs. those who trace it to 1776? In a masterful essay for Harper’s Magazine, Matt Karp traces the genealogy of this turn in public

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The Final Volumes of The Complete Works of Tocqueville

June 11, 2021

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On June 3, 2021, Gallimard published volumes 1, 2, and 3 of Tome XVII of the Complete Works of Tocqueville.
With the addition of these three volumes of Tocqueville’s correspondence, the Complete Works are now, in point of fact, complete.
In a process that spanned 70 years, the entirety of Tocqueville’s works has now been edited and published. These newest additions to the œuvres complètes, which brings together thousands of letters from hundreds of libraries, archives, and personal collections, includes Tocqueville’s correspondence with French luminaries such as Chateaubriand, Guizot, Lamartine, Michelet, and Thiers, among many others.
Françoise Mélonio, who has over many years overseen the

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How to Lose a War

September 30, 2018

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Review of Elie Baranets, Comment perdre une guerre : Une théorie du contournement démocratique (CNRS Editions, 2017)

In November 1968, Daniel Ellsberg wrote a review of a book-length debate with multiple contributors entitled Can We Win in Vietnam? In it, the RAND Institute analyst, who was involved in the planning of American foreign policy, expressed his frustration with how the public debate about America’s involvement in Vietnam had played out over the 1960s. He concluded his review in the American Political Science Review by complimenting two of the contributors, Ed Stillman and William Pfaff: if their views “had been more adequately represented and understood much earlier in our involvement in Southeast Asia, we might have

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