Alphonse Toussenel

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Alphonse Toussenel

Alphonse Toussenel (March 17, 1803 - April 30, 1885) was a French naturalist, writer and journalist born in Montreuil-Bellay, a small meadows commune of Angers; he died in Paris on April 30, 1885.

A utopian socialist and a disciple of Charles Fourier, he was anglophobic and anti-semitic. He was at one time editor-in-chief of the newspaper La Paix, and his studies of natural history served as a vehicle for his political ideas. He was also the brother of teacher and translator Théodore Toussenel. An avowed antisemite, Toussenel's Les juifs rois de l'époque, histoire de la féodalité financière (1845) argued that French finance and commerce was controlled by an 'alien' Jewish presence, typified in the malign influence of the 'Rothschild railroad'.[1] In this, he drew upon a tradition of French socialist antisemitism (as seen in the earlier work of his inspiration Fourier, and Proudhon).[2]

Works[edit]

  • Les Juifs, rois de l'époque : histoire de la féodalité financière (1847)
  • L'Esprit des bêtes. Vénerie française et zoologie passionnelle (1847)
  • Travail et fainéantise, programme démocratique (1849)
  • L'Esprit des bêtes. Le monde des oiseaux, ornithologie passionnelle (1853–55)
  • Tristia, histoire des misères et des fléaux de la chasse de France (1863)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rubenstein, Richard L., and John K. Roth. Approaches to Auschwitz: The Legacy of the Holocaust. London: SCM, 1987, p.74
  2. ^ Rubenstein, Richard L., and John K. Roth. Approaches to Auschwitz: The Legacy of the Holocaust. London: SCM, 1987,p.71

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