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In Ten Large Volumes, Octavo, price 71. 158.
THE HISTORY OF
From the Commencement of the French Revolution to the Battle of Waterloo.
BY ARCHIBALD ALISON, F.R.S.E.
"Alison's History of Europe, and the States connected with it, is one of the most important works which literature has produced. Years have elapsed since any historical work has created such an epoch as that of Alison: his sources of information and authorities are of the richest and most comprehensive description. Though his opinions are on the conservative side, he allows every party to speak for itself, and unfolds with a master's hand how few institutions make nations great, and mighty, and prosperous. In common with the whole civilized world, he does homage to the blessed Scriptures and an enlightened religion. Such a work and such a man belong to no party or country; they are the patrimony of all the friends of mankind in every part of the world, for they contend only for the clearest interests of the human race."-From the Preface to the German Translation of D. Ludwig Meyer, published by Otto Urgand. Leipsic, 1842.
"The work of Alison is indispensable to all who are forming collections on the History of Europe during the Revolution. It is the completion of them all."-From the Preface to the French Translation of M. Paquis.
Opening of the Spanish War to the Battle of Trafalgar ;
Campaign of Eylau; Domestic and Foreign Measures of Fox's Administration; Campaign of Friedland and Tilsit; Continental System and Imperial Government of Napoleon; The Peace of Tilsit to the Opening of the Spanish War: Proximate Causes of the Peninsular War; Campaign of 1808 in Spain and Portugal.
British Empire in India prior to Lord Wellesley's Administration; Administration of Lord Wellesley, and First Appearance of Lord Wellington; Campaign of Aspen; War in the Tyrol, Northern Germany, and Poland; Campaign of Wagram; Walcheren Expedi tion; Peace of Vienna, &c.; Maritime War, and Campaign of 1809 in Portugal and Spain; Campaign of Torres Vedras, and Year 1810.
Domestic History of Great Britain from 1809 to 1812; Proceedings of the Cortes; War in Spain, 1810 and 1811; Campaign of Wellington in 1811, on the Portuguese Frontier; First Invasion of Spain by Wellington; Sketch of the Turkish Empire; Accession of Bernadotte to the Swedish Throne; and the Causes of the Russian War of 1819; Advance of Napoleon to Moscow; Retreat from Moscow.
Russia and France before the Final Struggle; Resurrection of Germany; From the Armistice of Pleswitz to the Renewal of the War; Deliverance of Germany; Liberation of Spain.
Europe in Arms against France; Last Struggle of Napoleon in France; Fall of Napoleon; America; The Neutral Question; and War with that Power; Con. gress of Vienna and Hundred Days; Concluding ReHections.
CRITICAL NOTICES OF "THE HISTORY OF EUROPE." "There is much in Mr. Alison's History of the French Revolution against which we intend to record our decided protest; and there are some parts of it which we shall feel compelled to notice with strong disapprobation. We, therefore, hasten to preface our less favourable remarks, by freely acknowledging that the present work is, upon the whole, a valuable addition to European literature, that it is evidently compiled with the utmost care,
and that its narration, so far as we can judge, is not perverted by the slightest partiality."-Edinburgh Review.
"We have at length arrived at the tenth and closing volume of Mr. Alison's able and important work; and, while we congratulate the writer on the intelligence which conceived, the talent which sustained, and the vigour which completed such a performance, we still more congratulate the
CRITICAL NOTICES OF "THE HISTORY OF EUROPE"-continued. country on the possession of one of the noblest while he perceives the Assignats running down to offerings which our age has laid upon the altar of their frightful depreciation till they reach the vorhistoric literature."-Blackwood's Magazine. tex of a national bankruptcy, he finds in them the supporters of the energy of first operations.
"This habit of reflection on every event, intermediate as well as final, infuses into the work a tone of great impartiality. So closely does the author watch every concurrent cause, so carefully does he weigh each event as it rises, that, studying the minute wheels of the terrible machine in close connection with each other, he cannot regard even the most atrocious of any party with absolute abhorrence.
"But this impartiality is not merely produced by constant reflection. In the collection of his materials the author has displayed the most rigid intent to do justice, and, as he has stated in his preface, has in almost every instance taken his information from sources of the most opposite character.
"To give an idea of Mr. Alison's qualifications, it may be briefly observed, that he combines the minutest attention to detail, the utmost carefulness in authenticating facts, with the greatest facility in deducing principles and laying them before the reader. So happy an union of fact and theory is seldom to be met; and what is equally remarkable, is the care and sagacity with which he rivets both together, and invites the reader to reflection, while facts are yet fresh in his memory. It is too commonly the practice for the reflective historian to introduce his reflections at such long intervals, and to make them in such very general terms, that the details are forgotten while the instructor is delivering the theory they are to substantiate, and which has, therefore, the appearance of a digression that might be in the particular work or not, without any detriment caused either by their retention or omission. Mr. Alison, on "Another great merit in Mr Alison is the drathe contrary, begins with his general theory of thematic effect he has given to his narrative, by making causes that produced the French Revolution, and the personages talk themselves, by borrowing as then, collecting his facts, and authenticating them much of their speeches as possible; thus rendering by marginal references, with a precision that the scenes extremely vivid and real. Here we find might almost seem excessive, keeps again and Danton, Robespierre, Vergniaud, themselves, with again calling the attention to his theory, points their bursts of eloquence and inflammatory haout its application in every particular instance, or rangues. Here we have the union of sanguinary draws some new inference from the especial sub-purpose with verbal virtue, in a manner which no ject more immediately before him. Never forget- description could convey, but at once becomes inting for each moral or political opinion to accu- telligible by the appearance of the speeches. The mulate the facts which are to support it, he ever prelude to the most atrocious butcheries by the regards the facts themselves as a material from most lachrymose sentimentalities could not be unwhich some important general truth may be de-derstood, were it not for the reproduction of the duced. Nor are his reflections merely upon very realities. Mr. Alison's orators breathe upon catastrophes: he does not find a moral in a crisis the paper, the flash of their eye is discernible, the alone, but he can follow a process and furnish a sound of their voice is audible, and once seen they train of thought as much upon the intermediate as will not speedily be forgotten."-The Times. the extreme stages, and, unlike common-place thinkers, can dwell with as much calmness on temporary advantages as the ultimate misfortune to which they lead, and can pause to admire even while he perceives destruction in the train of apparent fortune. Hence the liberality of his tone, and his disposition to discover a partial good even in an ultimate evil. While viewing with abhorrence the atrocities of the reign of terror in its internal policy, he admires the vigour which a system so rigorous gave to the movements of the army;
"After a full examination we do not hesitate to say, that this is the most complete and honest history of the French Revolution which has yet appeared, either in England or France. Certainly no work by a British pen deserves to be compared with it; and we think every reader will accord it the preference in point of fulness and impartiality over the early narratives of the French Royalists, Bertrand de Molleville, Lacretelle, and others, and the more recent and popular works of Mignet and Thiers."-North American Rev., April 1843.
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THEIR CONNEXION WITH HUMAN HAPPINESS.
"Increase and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it."
CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.
CHAP. I. ON THE EARLY INCREASE OF MANKIND.II. ON THE FUNDAMENTAL RELATION BETWEEN POPULATION AND SUBSISTENCE.-III. ON THE CHANGES IN THE PROGRESS OF SOCIETY WHICH LIMIT THE PRINCIPLES OF INCREASE.-IV. ON THE CHANGES IN THE ProGRESS OF SOCIETY WHICH LIMIT the Demand FOR LABOUR.-V. MODIFICATIONS ARISING FROM HUMAN CORRUPTION.-VI. PRINCIPLES OF RENOVATION AND DECAY IN HUMAN AFFAIRS.— VII. ACTION OF PRINCIPLE OF INCREASE IN THE EAST.-VIII. ACTION OF THE PRINCIPLE OF INCREASE IN EUROPE.-IX. IN AMERICA.
CHAP. I. ON THE ACQUISITION OF LANDED PROPERTY BY THE LABOURING CLASSES.-II. MORAL DANGERS AND EVILS OF GREAT CITIES.-III. THE RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION OF THE PEOPLE, AND THE NECESSITY OF AN ESTABLISHED CHURCH.-IV. ADVANTAGES AND DANGERS OF SECULAR INSTRUCTION.-V. ON A LEGAL PROVISION FOR THE POOR.-VI. THE FACTORY SYSTEM AND TRADES' UNIONS.-VII. THE CORN LAWS.-VIII. COLONIZATION, AND THE RECIPROCITY SYSTEM.-IX. THE FUTURE INCREASE AND PROSPECTS OF MANKIND.
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