The Hébertistes to the guillotine : anatomy of a "conspiracy" in revolutionary France /
Morris Slavin.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1994.
xvii, 280 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1994.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-274) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-01:
This third of Slavin's detailed works on Paris during the French Revolution's period of the Terror is arguably his best and most conclusive. Following The Left and the French Revolution (1994) and The Making of an Insurrection (CH, Feb'87), Slavin here examines thoroughly the sans-culotte world, juxtaposing clearly its leadership's political, economic, and social desires against the perceived necessities of the revolutionary government. The protagonists on each side are well drawn. On the sans-culotte side were H'ebert, his controversial journal Le P`ere Duchesne, and the members of the Cordeliers; on the other sat the omnipotent Robespierre, the Mountain, and the Jacobins. Between, and haunting both sides, was the memory of the martyred Marat along with the unreliability of such terrorists as Collot. At first implicitly, then later much more explicitly, Slavin compares the trial of the H'ebertistes with that of the Old Bolsheviks during the 1930s purges in the Soviet Union. In each case politics, not justice, determined the fate of the accused. The charges were spurious; the identification of the accused with common criminals deliberate. Slavin demonstrates quite effectively the saying that revolutions do in fact devour revolutionaries. This became even more clear when, three months later, Robespierre and his allies were guillotined; for they, too, had lost in politics. Focused bibliography, some illustrations. Of extraordinary use to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers. B. Rothaus; University of Northern Colorado
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Hebert and His Pere Duchesnep. 9
Food and Politicsp. 33
The Vendee Campaign and Factional Conflictsp. 58
Another Insurrection?p. 89
Jacobins Versus Cordeliersp. 109
The Arrests and the Sans-Culottesp. 134
The Hebertistesp. 163
The "Amalgamated" and Reasons of Statep. 184
The Trialp. 208
The Repressionp. 245
Conclusionp. 253
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 275
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