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Robespierre

Author : John Hardman
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Robespierre was one of the most powerful and the most feared leaders of the French Revolution. John Hardman describes the career of this ruthless political manipulator, and in the process explores the dynamics of the French revolutionary movement and the ferocious and self-destructive rivalries of its leadership.This original book gets behind the polished but chilly surface of the public persona to reveal how Robespierre came by his extraordinary power and how he used it.

Fatal Purity

Author : Ruth Scurr
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'A truly remarkable writer, one of the most gifted non-fiction authors alive' Simon Schama, Financial Times Robespierre was only thirty-six when he died, sent to the guillotine where he had sent thousands ahead of him. Robespierre and the Revolution were inseparable: a single inflexible tyrant. But what turned a shy young lawyer into the living embodiment of the Terror at its most violent? Admirers called him 'the great incorruptible'; critics dubbed him a 'monster', a 'bloodthirsty charlatan'. Ruth Scurr sheds new light on this puzzle, tracing Robespierre's life from a troubled childhood in provincial Arras to the passionate idealist, fighting for the rights of the people, and sweeping on to the implacable leader prepared to sign the death warrant for his closest friends.

Robespierre

Author : Colin Haydon
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Collection of essays which illuminate many facets of Robespierre's career, life and thought.

Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre

Author : David P. Jordan
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In changing forever the political landscape of the modern world, the French Revolution was driven by a new personality: the confirmed, self-aware revolutionary. Maximilien Robespierre originated the role, inspiring such devoted twentieth-century disciples as Lenin—who deemed Robespierre a Bolshevik avant la lettre. Although he dominated the Committee for Public Safety only during the last year of his life, Robespierre was the Revolution in flesh and blood. He embodies its ideological essence, its unprecedented extremes, its absolutist virtues and vices; he incarnated a new, completely politicized self to lead a new, wholly regenerated society. Yet as historian David P. Jordan observes, Robespierre has remained an enigma. While his revolutionary career embraced the most crucial years of the Revolutions—1789 to 1794—it was little presaged by the unremarkable course of his early life. The Jacobin leader to whom the revolutionary masses clung is thus both as mysterious as his remote provincial past and as awesome as the world-shaking regicide he inspired. Confronted by these extremes, historians have often contented themselves to caricature Robespierre as an antichrist, a bourgeois manipulator of the rabble, or a canny political tactician. Jordan looks to Robespierre’s own self-conception for a true understanding of the man and his Revolution. Indeed, Robespierre wrote about himself often, and at length. Influenced by Enlightenment rationalism and the new literary genre of autobiography, he left behind a voluminous body of speeches, newspaper articles, and pamphlets laced with reflections and revelations about his self-created destiny as living martyr and revolutionary Everyman. From these thoughts and words, Jordan attempts to uncover Robespierre, to reveal what made this unlikely figure—onetime provincial lawyer, small-town académicien, and uninspired versifier—the most important in revolutionary France.

Robespierre

Author : Peter McPhee
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For some historians and biographers, Maximilien Robespierre (1758-94) was a great revolutionary martyr who succeeded in leading the French Republic to safety in the face of overwhelming military odds. This biography combines new research into Robespierre's dramatic life.

Robespierre

Author : J. M. Thompson
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First published in 1935, this is widely regarded as the most definitive and comprehensive biography of Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (1758-1794), the French lawyer and politician who would become one of the best-known and most influential figures associated with the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. As a member of the Estates-General, the Constituent Assembly and the Jacobin Club, Robespierre was an outspoken advocate for the poor and for democratic institutions. He campaigned for universal male suffrage in France, price controls on basic food commodities and the abolition of slavery in the French colonies. He played an important role in arranging the execution of King Louis XVI, which led to the establishment of a French Republic. Perhaps best known for his role in the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, he was named as a member of the powerful Committee of Public Safety launched by his political ally Georges Danton and exerted his influence to suppress the left-wing Hébertists. As part of his attempts to use extreme measures to control political activity in France, Robespierre later moved against the more moderate Danton, who was accused of corruption and executed in April 1794. The Terror ended a few months later with Robespierre’s arrest and execution in July, events that initiated a period in French history known as the Thermidorian Reaction. This traditional biography is filled with extensive and reliable research on the man whose steadfast adherence and defense of the views he expressed earned him the nickname l’Incorruptible (The Incorruptible). Unmissable reading.

Rousseau Robespierre and English Romanticism

Author : Gregory Dart
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Re-examines Rousseau's influence on French Revolution and English Romanticism, through the mediating figure of Robespierre.

Virtue and Terror

Author : Maximilien Robespierre
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Robespierre's justification of the Terror in the French Revolution Robespierre's defence of the French Revolution remains one of the most powerful and unnerving justifications for political violence ever written. It has an extraordinary resonance in a world obsessed with terrorism and appalled by the language of its proponents. Yet today the French Revolution is celebrated as the event which gave birth to a nation built on the principles of Enlightenment. So how should a contemporary audience approach Robespierre's vindication of revolutionary terror? Zizek's introduction analyzes these contradictions with a prodigious breadth of analogy and reference.

Robespierre

Author : Otto Scott
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It is a perverse but almost inescapable phenomenon in the history of violent revolutions that after the first heroic days a colorless bureaucrat will inherit the mantle of leadership. In the Russian Revolution, Lenin was followed by a plodding Stalin rather than a dazzling Trotsky. Even after the American Revolution the celebrated Jefferson barely made it into office as president between two party regulars.The French Revolution was no exception. After the genius and idealism of Mirabeau, Danton, and others who had created the Revolution, it fell into the hands of an unscrupulous and sententious bourgeois lawyer who had been lost among the back benches of the first Estates-General. Like Stalin, Robespierre rose through tireless party service and meticulous attention to detail and finally through the execution of men who had been the real heroes of the Revolution. Unlike Stalin, however, Robespierre was a brilliant orator who ultimately was destroyed on the guillotine by the very terror he had created to eliminate his rivals.In Robespierre: The Voice of Virtue, Otto J. Scott has created an ironic portrait of hypocrisy in power. This biography is a study in moral arrogance, self-proclaimed virtue, and the effectiveness of brutality in the position of political leadership; it is a reenactment of the events that Robespierre came to personify—the Reign of Terror. This political condition has since been re-enacted all too often.

Robespierre

Author : George F. E. Rudé
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The Fall of Robespierre

Author : Colin Jones
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The day of 9 Thermidor (27 July 1794) is universally acknowledged as a major turning-point in the history of the French Revolution. Maximilien Robespierre, the most prominent member of the Committee of Public Safety, was planning to destroy one of the most dangerous plots that the Revolution had faced.

Robespierre

Author : James Matthew Thompson
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Robespierre From the birth of Robespierre to the death of Louis XVI

Author : James Matthew Thompson
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Rousseau s Influence on Robespierre

Author : Sally Thrun Silver
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The Life of Maximilien Robespierre

Author : George Henry Lewes
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This biography brings to life Reign of Terror architect?Maximilien de Robespierre.

Robespierre From the death of Louis XVI to the death of Robespierre

Author : James Matthew Thompson
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He Who Started the Reign of Terror The Story of Maximilien Robespierre Biography Book for Kids 9 12 Children s Biography Books

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What life did Maximilien Robespierre live? How did his actions change an entire nation? Reading historical facts is an interesting way of learning from the events of the past. It’s important to know what happened to rationalize the events of the present times and to also accurately predict what will happen in the future. Get a copy of this book today!

After Robespierre

Author : Albert Mathiez
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The Ninth of Thermidor the Fall of Robespierre

Author : Richard Bienvenu
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"Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (IPA: [ma.ksi.mi.lj̃ f̃.swa ma.i i.zi.d d .bs.pj]; 6 May 1758? 28 July 1794) was a French lawyer, politician, and one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution. As a member of the Estates-General, the Constituent Assembly and the Jacobin Club, he advocated against the death penalty and for the abolition of slavery, while supporting equality of rights, universal suffrage and the establishment of a republic. He opposed war with Austria and the possibility of a coup by the Marquis de Lafayette. As a member of the Committee of Public Safety, he was an important figure during the period of the Revolution commonly known as the Reign of Terror, which ended a few months after his arrest and execution in July 1794"--Wikipedia.

Robespierre a Study

Author : Hilaire Belloc
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