Liberty Fund has published an elegant, faithfully translated edition of the first (1810) and longest version of Constant's Principles of Politics Applicable to All Modern Governments (the shorter 1815 edition is available in English in the edition of Constant's Political Writings published by Cambridge University Press). [1] The 1810 version is considerably more discursive than the pithy and carefully crafted work of the same name published in 1815. This makes reading it something of an effort. But the 1815 version has limitations. It was to some extent a livre de circonstance. By it, Constant aimed, at least in part, to justify the "Benjamine," the framework for constitutional monarchy that he penned at Napoleon's request during the so-called "Hundred Days" between the Emperor's escape from Elba and his final defeat at Waterloo (Constant's brief...

 
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