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Lectures on the French Revolution

Author: John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Baron; Reginald Vere Laurence
Publisher: New York: Noonday Press, 1959.
Series: Noonday paperbacks, N139
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the movement of the Revolution from constitutional monarchy to popular tyranny, stressing the various errors, both theoretical and practical, which led to the Reign of Terror. Liberal in his point of view, deeply concerned with the problem of freedom, the author illustrates how a theoretical misconception -- the belief that the Revolution must concern itself with an attack on the executive -- led to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Baron; Reginald Vere Laurence
OCLC Number: 776561
Notes: "Lectures ... delivered ... at Cambridge in the academical years 1895-96, 1896-97, 1897-98, 1898-99."
Description: 379 pages; 21 cm.
Contents: The heralds of the Revolution --
The influence of America --
The summons of the States-General --
The meeting of the States-General --
The Tennis-Court oath --
The fall of the Bastille --
The Fourth of August --
The Constitutional debates --
The march to Versailles --
Mirabeau --
Sievès and the Constitution Civile --
The flight to Varennes --
The Feuillants and the war --
Dumouriez --
The catastrophe of Monarchy --
The execution of the King --
The fall of the Gironde --
The Reign of Terror --
Robespierre --
La Vindée --
The European war --
After the terror.
Series Title: Noonday paperbacks, N139
Other Titles: French Revolution
Responsibility: Edited by John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence.

Abstract:

Examines the movement of the Revolution from constitutional monarchy to popular tyranny, stressing the various errors, both theoretical and practical, which led to the Reign of Terror. Liberal in his point of view, deeply concerned with the problem of freedom, the author illustrates how a theoretical misconception -- the belief that the Revolution must concern itself with an attack on the executive -- led to the most tragic consequences. The king had already assented to the limitations of his powers; what ought to have been feared, however, was legislative irresponsibility. An additional unsolved problem, which had diastrous results, was the relationship of Church and State. It is the author's belief that had a Concordat been worked out, such as the one negotiated by Napoleon, the history of the Revolution might have been different.

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