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Willibald Alexis : écrivain du "juste-milieu": histoire, droit et politique entre 1820 et 1860

Abstract : While there is no doubt that liberal ideals serve as a guide for the political choices of Alexis, it should be stated at the same time that some of his opinions are taken from conservatries values. in his works, the French model, breaking with tradition by introducing institutions based on the notion of social contract, is opposed to the English model, a sample of historical continuity based on the organic evolution of Germanic institutions. in the 1840's, his reasoning, when the trial by jury was being debated, shows the inner mechanism of his political thought quite clearly. For him, Anglo-American history was both a keen interest and a useful instrument for criticizing political events in contemporary Germany. His writings on the subject reveal the ethical and religious foundation of his conception of history; as a matter of fact, for this descendant of "refugiés", Huguenot political thought appears extremely important, and studying his ideas concerning the notion of "vaterland" confirms this. this concept deals not only with the eventual role of Prussia as a leader in united Germany, but his use of the word "vaterland" shows that this is linked to civic idealism, which makes him the heir to 18th century conceptions. He is ready to sacrifice the Prussian state in order to keep what he believes to be its real values, the tradition of citizenship principally developed by the Huguenots refugees and used by the Hohenzollern dynasty to unify the state.
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Thierry Carpent. Willibald Alexis : écrivain du "juste-milieu": histoire, droit et politique entre 1820 et 1860. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 1994. Français. ⟨NNT : 1994NAN21023⟩. ⟨tel-01776709⟩



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