Jean Paul Marat: Scientist and Revolutionary

Jean Paul Marat: Scientist and Revolutionary

by Clifford D. Conner
     
 

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Marat, a central character in one of history's most significant social transformations, has been alternately hailed as a heroic leader in the French Revolution and condemned as a bloodthirsty fanatic. During the Revolution, Marat was a crusading, agitational journalist. Before the Revolution, however, he was a scholar, scientist, and medical doctor. Unlike previous

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Marat, a central character in one of history's most significant social transformations, has been alternately hailed as a heroic leader in the French Revolution and condemned as a bloodthirsty fanatic. During the Revolution, Marat was a crusading, agitational journalist. Before the Revolution, however, he was a scholar, scientist, and medical doctor. Unlike previous biographies, which have concentrated on the last four years of his fifty-year life, this one covers both of Marat's "two lives."

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Conner (European history, City U. of New York) delves deeper than the conventional characterization of the French revolutionary as either hero or bloodthirsty fanatic to incorporate his life before the revolution as a scholar, scientist, and medical doctor as well as his journalistic activism and rise to power. In language interesting to historians of science and accessible to historians without technical background, he describes Marat's (1743-93) work with medical theory and practice, heat, light, and static electricity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780391039971
Publisher:
BRILL
Publication date:
02/10/1997
Series:
Revolutionary Studies
Pages:
268

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