|A good way to understand the traditional way of thinking about sovereignty in France is to read Jean-Jacques Chevalier's “Les Grandes Iuvres politiques de Machiavel á nos jours”, a book which has been a key to political philosophy in law faculties and at the Institute d'Etudes Politique de Paris.252 This handbook analysed sixteen classical political theorists through their major works in chronological order: Machiavelli, Bodin, Hobbes, Bossuet, Locke, Montesquieu, [Rosseau, Siéyés, Burke, Fichte, Tocqueville, Marx, Engels, Sorel, Lenin and Hitler.]
251 Ziller, Jacques, Sovereignty in France: Getting Rid of the Mal de Bodin, in: Nail Walker (ed,), Sovereignty in Transition, Oxford 2003, pp. 261 ff., 264-268.
252 Ibid., pp. 261-277.
|Generation after generation, French academics and politicians have been educated in thinking about sovereignty according to a tradition that sees it as a Franco-English invention, with some very specific features that, in the French case, are due to the Revolution. A good way to understand this tradition is to read Jean-Jacques Chevallier’s 'Les Grandes luvres politiques de Machiavel à nos jours' ,5 a book which has been the key to political philosophy in law faculties and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de
Paris ( 'Sciences-po' .—the main gateway to the Ecole Nationale d’Administration) since its first edition in 1949. This handbook analysed sixteen classical political theorists through their major works, in chronological order: Machiavelli, Bodin, Hobbes, Bossuet were presented under the heading ‘Serving Absolutism’ (Au service de l’absolutisme)-, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau and Siéyès under the heading ‘Fighting Absolutism’ (L’assaut contre l’absolutisme); Burke, Fichte and Tocqueville under the heading ‘The Revolution’s Consequences—1789-1848’ (Suites de la Révolution); Marx and Engels, Sorel, Lenin and Hitler under the heading ‘Socialism and Nationalism 1848-1927’ (Socialisme et Nationalisme).