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The Man and the Statesman: The Correspondence and Articles on Politics (The Collected Works of Frederic Bastiat) Paperback – March 31, 2011
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Bastiat's correspondence was never published in full, and many of his letters have no doubt been lost. But the sizeable fragments that have survived teach us some essential things about his intellectual development and about the times in which he lived. Important themes flow surreptitiously from his pen; his first letters are brimming with thoughts that are often portentous if barely sketched out, dealing in particular with centralization, France, England,free trade, socialism, statism, the press, and many other subjects which are developed in length in many articles such as Anglomanie, anglophobie (1847), and many political manifestos written in the 1830s and in the 1840s. Overall, this scholarly volume reveals many unknownaspects of Bastiat's work. --Robert Leroux, University of Ottawa, History of Economic Thought and Policy/2-2012 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This particular book is divided into three sections. The first is made up of letters he wrote. In those days when the delivery of a letter took a long time, they traveled by horse and sail, letters were much more thought out than the quick messages of today by Facebook, Twitter, and even email. These letters show somewhat of how Bastiat developed the foundation of his thoughts which serve as the foundation of his later works. The second part is on the Basque Language, a language not part of a current language is indigenous to the Basque region in Southwestern France and Northwestern Spain. It is a language isolate, that is, not with the common origin of modern European languages. The third part of the book is somewhat of a biography containing introductory material for his later works, a chronology of his life and other materials.