Revolutionary Springtime

Jonathan Beecher

in Victor Considerant and the Rise and Fall of French Romantic Socialism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222977
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924727 | DOI:
Revolutionary Springtime

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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

Chapter.  13604 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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