First published in 1911, this pioneering and ambitious work provides a history of the evolution of republican thought and practice in Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginning of the twentieth century.
Based a series of lectures delivered by the author at Lowell Institute in 1910, this is a comprehensive treatment of the subject which moves deftly from the political thought of the middle ages through to the rise of Protestantism, the wave of revolution across Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, concluding with an analysis of the republican cause and the permanence of the Republican idea in the consciousness of Europe.
Table of Contents
1. Medieval Thought and Ancient Tradition 2. Venice and Florence 3. The Protestant Spirit 4. The Rise of the French Republic 5. The Revolutionary State 6. The Sower and the Seed 7. Autocracy and its Critics 8. The Second Republic in France 9. Italy 10. The German Revolution 11. The Third Republic An Experiment in Spain 12. The Republican Cause.