The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre

Author: David P. Jordan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226410374

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 308

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As it changed forever the political landscape of the modern world, the French Revolution was driven by a new type of personality: the confirmed, self-aware revolutionary. Maximilien Robespierre originated the role and embodied its ideological essence and extremes; the self that he projected to the people was equated with the ideals for which he strove. In creating this intellectual biography of so enigmatic a figure, David Jordan has stressed the words of the man about himself. With great imagination and insight, Jordan places Robespierre's self-conceptualization within the context of events and explains how Robespierre "The Incorruptible"—a man seen by contemporaries as virtuous—could not only equate justice with vengeance and demand it of the people, but also stand as its symbol before the world.

Robespierre

Author: Peter McPhee

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300118112

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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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. For many others, he was the first modern dictator, a fanatic who instigated the murderous Reign of Terror in 1793-94. This masterful biography combines new research into Robespierre's dramatic life with a deep understanding of society and the politics of the French Revolution to arrive at a fresh understanding of the man, his passions, and his tragic shortcomings. Peter McPhee gives special attention to Robespierre's formative years and the development of an iron will in a frail boy conceived outside wedlock and on the margins of polite provincial society. Exploring how these experiences formed the young lawyer who arrived in Versailles in 1789, the author discovers not the cold, obsessive Robespierre of legend, but a man of passion with close but platonic friendships with women. Soon immersed in revolutionary conflict, he suffered increasingly lengthy periods of nervous collapse correlating with moments of political crisis, yet Robespierre was tragically unable to step away from the crushing burdens of leadership. Did his ruthless, uncompromising exercise of power reflect a descent into madness in his final year of life? McPhee reevaluates the ideology and reality of "the Terror," what Robespierre intended, and whether it represented an abandonment or a reversal of his early liberalism and sense of justice.

Robespierre

Author: Otto J. Scott

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412818222

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

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Originally published: New York, N.Y.: Mason & Lipscomb Publishers, 1974.

Robespierre

Author: John Hardman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317874617

Category: History

Page: 248

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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.

The Life of Maximilien Robespierre

Author: George Henry Lewes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 391

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This biography brings to life Reign of Terror architect?Maximilien de Robespierre.

The Fall of Robespierre

Author: Colin Jones

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198715951

Category: History

Page: 592

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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.