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Maximilien Robespierre is one of the greatest figures of European history but is at the same time one of the most reviled and revered. The essays in this volume seek to explain these contradictory views of Robespierre. They provide a balanced and up-to-date account of Robespierre's life and work by looking in turn at his ideology and vision or the Revolution, his role in the political life of Revolutionary France, and finally at representations of Robespierre in the history, drama and fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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'The authors are the leading scholars in their field and each essay is presented with impressive clarity of thought and expression.' London Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521026055
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Robespierre: after two hundred years 3
2 The Robespierre problem 17
Pt. II Robespierre's outlook 35
3 Robespierre's political principles 37
4 Robespierre and revolutionary heroism 54
5 Robespierre and conspiracy theories 75
6 Robespierre and religion 92
Pt. III Robespierre's politics 109
7 Robespierre and the press 111
8 Robespierre, the war and its organisation 127
9 Robespierre and the insurrection of 31 May-2 June 1793 141
10 Robespierre and the Terror 155
Pt. IV Robespierre in retrospect 175
11 Carlyle's seagreen Robespierre and the perilous delights of picturesque history 177
12 Robespierre through the Chartist looking-glass 194
13 Rehabilitating Robespierre: Albert Mathiez and Georges Lefebvre as defenders of the Incorruptible 212
14 Robespierre in French fiction 224
15 The representation of Robespierre in European drama 237
Pt. V Conclusion 253
16 French historians and Robespierre 255
Index 284
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