This revisionist study challenges those readings of the French Revolution which see it as inherently violent and intolerant, often in terms of the Terror alone, and explores the egalitarian policies pursued in the provinces. The mainstream Jacobin agenda held out the promise of 'fair shares' and equal opportunities for all in a private ownership market economy. Moreover it sought to achieve social justice without jeopardising human rights. Thus it tended to complement, rather than undermine, the liberal, individualist programme of the Revolution.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The Jacobin mainstream and the Robespierrist conspiracy; 2. The family ethos and the common happiness; 3. Food rationing, collectivism and the market economy; 4. Land tenure, shelter and the right of ownership; 5. Progressive taxation and the fair distribution of wealth; 6. Jobs for all and to each a fair deal; 7. A place at school and a time for rejoicing.