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Victor Considerant and the Rise and Fall of French Romantic Socialism$
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Jonathan Beecher

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222977

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222977.001.0001

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Revolutionary Springtime

Revolutionary Springtime

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Victor Considerant and the Rise and Fall of French Romantic Socialism

Jonathan Beecher

University of California Press

This chapter examines the political experiences of Victor Considerant relevant to the French Revolution of 1848. It explains that though Considerant was in Paris to participate in the revolution, through his writings he helped articulate the ideology of the democratic and socialist left. He also helped give currency to the concept of the right to work, initiated the demand for a Ministry of Progress, and repeatedly insisted the need to harmonize the interests of workers and employers, rich and poor. Like other members of the radical opposition to the July Monarchy, Considerant suddenly found himself thrust into a position of power and influence that was new to him.

Keywords:   Victor Considerant, French Revolution of 1848, democratic left, socialist left, right to work, Ministry of Progress, July Monarchy

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