Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

Acknowledgments

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p. ix

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Introduction

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pp. 1-26

The 1930s will long be remembered as one of the ugliest decades of modern French history. Diplomatic humiliation abroad combined with unrestrained partisanship at home to plunge France into an era of almost unparalleled political turmoil...

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1. "To Grasp Truth and Reality": Max Weber, Edmund Husserl, and the Philosophy of History

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pp. 27-57

“I long ago reconstructed my intellectual biography,” Raymond Aron wrote near the end of his life. “Before the class of philosophie, darkness; thereafter, light.” 1 It would be difficult to exaggerate the extent of Aron’s fascination with...

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2. "That Cool Distiller of Passion and Interest": Sociology and the Meaning of Industrial Society

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pp. 58-84

Dry and highly abstract, Aron’s dissertation was nevertheless a necessary first step toward his goal of understanding history-in-the-making. “The mere story of events teaches us nothing,” he once remarked, “unless it is given form and meaning...

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3. Peace and War: The Descent to Theory

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pp. 85-133

Like so many others of his generation, Raymond Aron found himself drawn to the study of international relations by the ineluctable force of World War II. Writing as a journalist-in-exile during the war for...

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4. Clausewitz and the Art of War

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pp. 134-164

Aron’s strategic reflections are by no means confined to the broad, sweeping recommendations found in Peace and War. Indeed, deeply interested in the phenomenon of modern warfare, Aron wrote several major works...

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5. Critical Confrontation

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pp. 165-180

It was not until the mid-1970s, a period that marks the beginning of a growing disenchantment with radical thought in France, that Aron began to receive the recognition he so justly deserved. Although Aron was well-known to his colleagues...

Notes

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pp. 181-193

Select Bibliography

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pp. 195-201

Index

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pp. 203-210