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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beijing fears sparking its own French revolution

China's political leaders put stability above all else. So it's a remarkable sign of the times that they could be passing around well-thumbed copies of a book about the sudden, bloody outbreak of the French Revolution two-and-a-quarter centuries ago.

Why would China's modern rulers, preoccupied with the leadership handover under way in Beijing this week, be interested in Alexis de Tocqueville's The Old Regime and the French Revolution?


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The US Revolution and the French Revolution were (vaguely) contemporaneous events. The US one went well. The French one went decidedly less so. Most of the upheavals we're seeing now seem to be following the French route.

Posted by: titan | Nov 16, 2012 6:53:22 AM