Robespierre

Robespierre

by Colin Haydon, William Doyle
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521026055
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Pt. IIntroduction1
1Robespierre: after two hundred years3
2The Robespierre problem17
Pt. IIRobespierre's outlook35
3Robespierre's political principles37
4Robespierre and revolutionary heroism54
5Robespierre and conspiracy theories75
6Robespierre and religion92
Pt. IIIRobespierre's politics109
7Robespierre and the press111
8Robespierre, the war and its organisation127
9Robespierre and the insurrection of 31 May-2 June 1793141
10Robespierre and the Terror155
Pt. IVRobespierre in retrospect175
11Carlyle's seagreen Robespierre and the perilous delights of picturesque history177
12Robespierre through the Chartist looking-glass194
13Rehabilitating Robespierre: Albert Mathiez and Georges Lefebvre as defenders of the Incorruptible212
14Robespierre in French fiction224
15The representation of Robespierre in European drama237
Pt. VConclusion253
16French historians and Robespierre255
Index284

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