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Public Trials: Burke, Zola, Arendt, and the Politics of Lost Causes

Lida Maxwell


Should we view moments of democratic failure—when both law and the people fail to assure justice—as revealing the failure of democracy, or as revealing a contested, contingent failing that could have been otherwise? This is the question that Lida Maxwell examines in Public Trials via exploration of three writers’ diagnoses of, and responses to, democratic failure in three sets of trial writings: Edmund Burke’s writings on the Warren Hastings impeachment in late eighteenth-century Britain, Emile Zola’s writings on the Dreyfus Affair in late nineteenth-century France, and Hannah Arendt’s writing ... More

Keywords: democracy, failure, trials, public, Edmund Burke, Emile Zola, Hannah Arendt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199383740
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199383740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lida Maxwell, author
Trinity College