Robespierre

Overview

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 of 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 ...

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Overview

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 of 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: 9780521591164
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Studies in Historical Geography
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbrevations; Part I. Introduction: 1. Robespierre: after two hundred years William Doyle and Colin Haydon; 2. The Robespierre problem David P. Jordan; Part II. Robespierre's Outlook: 3. Robespierre's political principles Marisa Linton; 4. Robespierre and revolutionary heroism A. Jourdan; 5. Robespierre and conspiracy theories Geoffrey Cubitt; 6. Robespierre and religion Frank Tallett; Part III. Robespierre's Politics: 7. Robespierre and the press Hugh Gough; 8. Robespierre, the war and its organisation Alan Forrest; 9. Robespierre and the insurrection of 31 May–2 June 1793 Morris Slavin; 10. Robespierre and the Terror Norman Hampson; Part IV. Robespierre in Retrospect: 11. Carlyle's seagreen Robespierre and the perilous delights of picturesque history Mark Cumming; 12. Robespierre through the Chartist looking-glass Gwynne Lewis; 13. Rehabilitating Robespierre: Albert Mathiez and Georges Lefebvre as defenders of the incorruptible James Friguglietti; 14. Robespierre in French fiction Malcolm Cook; 15. The representation of Robespierre in European drama William D. Howarth; Part V. Conclusion: 16. French historians and Robespierre François Crouzet.

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