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The Headless Republic

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In The Headless Republic, Jesse Goldhammer explores how the French revolutionaries retrieved a set of ideas about founding violence from the classical Romans and early Christians and incorporated it into postrevolutionary debates that echoed into the twentieth century. By linking sacrifice as expressed in revolutionary practices to modern French theory, Goldhammer shows ho ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published April 28th 2005 by Cornell University Press (first published 2005)
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Who watch the watchers, and who set the rules? old issue that is, really, and Goldhammer -a scholar of political theory- tells us he came to it via Machiavelli, but the same ungraspable law-giver throws his shadow over much of the Western tradition (and a good deal of the Eastern one too, apparently); Goldhammer suggests that there exists a specifically French line of thought that associates or discuss the relationship of sacrifice and political foundation.
He examines three somewhat sulphurous
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