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William Doyle, Colin Haydon, David P. Jordan, Marisa Linton, A. Jourdan, Geoffrey Cubitt, Frank Tallett, Hugh Gough, Alan Forrest, Morris Slavin, Norman Hampson, Mark Cumming, Gwynne Lewis, James Friguglietti, Malcolm Cook, William D. Howarth, François Crouzet
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  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026055

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  • Two centuries after the French Revolution, Maximilien Robespierre is still regarded as its towering figure. Perceived by some as the champion, indeed the incarnation, of the Revolution's purest and noblest ideals, among others he will always be remembered as the reasoned advocate of the Terror, the defender of mass killing during the Revolution's darkest and most tragic phase. This volume comprises essays by an array of international scholars and examines Robespierre's life and work from three main perspectives: his ideology and vision of the Revolution, his role in the period's tumultous politics, culminating in his year on the Committee of Public Safety in 1793–94, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century representations of the Incorruptible - by historians, dramatists and writers of fiction. This book illuminates many facets of Robespierre's career, thought and reputation, and provides a balanced and up-to-date appraisal of one of the great figures of European history.

    • Balanced and up-to-date account of one of the great figures in European history whose memory still provokes admiration from some and loathing from others
    • International group of scholars shed light on facets of Robespierre's ideology, life, career and reputuation
    • Examines not only how Robespierre has been represented by historians, but also how he has been represented in nineteenth- and twentieth-century drama and fiction
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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

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026055
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.445kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Editors

    Colin Haydon, King Alfred's College of Higher Education, Winchester

    William Doyle, University of Bristol


    William Doyle, Colin Haydon, David P. Jordan, Marisa Linton, A. Jourdan, Geoffrey Cubitt, Frank Tallett, Hugh Gough, Alan Forrest, Morris Slavin, Norman Hampson, Mark Cumming, Gwynne Lewis, James Friguglietti, Malcolm Cook, William D. Howarth, François Crouzet

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