Dr. Mellen received her doctoral degree in Modern European History from New York University and is on the faculty of Lehman College of the City University of New York. Dr. Mellen has presented several papers on Adolphe Thiers and has contributed to larger publications on the role of the French in the United States and in the world.
2005 0-7734-6070-5 Brisbane’s 1830-1832 travel diaries offer a useful contribution at several levels. First, he diaries furnish us with a picture of the society in which Saint-Simonianism and Fourierism took shape. Second, the diaries further our understanding of the impact and dissemination of these ideas – where they were discussed and how they were discussed. Finally, and perhaps most intriguingly, the diaries offer us an opportunity to “listen in” on the thinking of an impressionable young man as he came to be attracted to utopian theories while moving in elite European intellectual society.