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Continuity during the storm : Boissy d'Anglas and the era of the French Revolution /
John R. Ballard.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
xi, 203 p.
0313315086 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
0313315086 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John R. Ballard is Chair and Professor of Defence and Strategic Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-04-01:
Ballard's brief recounting of Boissy d'Anglas's career is an interesting examination of the politics of survival and accommodation. Boissy d'Anglas was a prominent French bourgeoisie who helped make the French Revolution, survived its wild and turbulent course, and yet has been "lost" to its history. He spent most of the revolution in important but supporting roles: member of the Estates-General and its continuation, the National Assembly; delegate to the Convention, as well as one of the notorious representant en mission who brought--though not in Boissy's case---the Terror to the countryside; representative in the Thermidorean parliament, and ultimately, servant of both Napoleon and Louis XVIII. Ballard (Massey Univ., New Zealand) insists that there was a fixed core of beliefs that informed Boissy's political career, which he maintained at considerable personal risk, surviving the Great Terror and personally foiling an attempt to overthrow the Thermidorean government. Boissy was a pamphleteer, and Ballard has mined his extensive writings as well as important national and departmental archival sources to complete this study. An interesting look at how individuals shaped--and were shaped by--the French Revolution; upper-division collections, graduate students, and specialists. G. P. Cox; Gordon College
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'œBallard's recounting of Bossy d'Anglas's career is an interesting examination of the politics of survival and accommodation....An interesting look at how individuals shaped--and where shaped by--the French Revolution: upper-division collections, graduate students, and specialists.'' Choice
'œI do recommend it for those with more than a passing interest in the French Revolution.'' History Reviews of New Books
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The long government service of Francois Boissy d'Anglas from 1789 to 1826 is unique, and his abundant writing provides a new look at the great drama of the French Revolution era. A moderate politician who served during the Revolution, the Empire, and the Restoration, Boissy d'Anglas's political views remained consistent during several critical periods when the fate of France was at stake. His political philosophy, based firmly on religious tolerance, freedom of expression, strong constitutional government and equality before the law, made it possible for him to weather the revolutionary storm and retain positions of influence in each of the regimes during the period. This book sheds new light on the role of moderates in the French Revolution and illuminates the changing political currents of the Revolution from Boissy's moderate perspective. A political moderate during a period of extremes, Boissy served for so long because he was committed to ideals, rather than to groups. Yet, during several periods in his career, Boissy also placed himself in danger by acting on his ideals. He held political beliefs that were both appropriate to his time and effective in application. He made many enemies, but the greatest testament to Boissy's life was the constant call of the French people for him to serve.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Storm Breaksp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Youth and Maturation during the Ancient Regime: Monsieur Boissyp. 1
The Early Political Essays and Election to the Estates Generalp. 19
Political Indoctrination: Boissy during the Estates Generalp. 31
Development of a Political Philosophy: The Publicistp. 51
Procureur-General-Syndic of the Ardeche: Boissy and Provincial Administrationp. 73
The Journees of Germinal and Prairial and the Constitution of the Year III: The Thermidorians Take Controlp. 89
The Coup d'Etat of Fructidor and Exile: Moderate Victim or Reactionary Royalist?p. 113
Tribune and Senator: Boissy during the Reign of Napoleonp. 133
Boissy and the Restorationp. 153
Continuity during the Era of the French Revolutionp. 165
Letters to Boissy in Oleron during His Deportationp. 177
Glossaryp. 179
Selected Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 199
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