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The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre

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.

315 pages | 16 halftones | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1985

Biography and Letters

History: European History

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. The Memory of a Tyrant
2. The Revolutionary Revealed
3. Representative of the People
4. Robespierre the Orator
5. The War Debates
6. Conversion to Insurrection
7. The King’s Trial
8. Purging the Convention
9. Robespierre the Ideologue
10. The Committee of Public Safety
11. A Mortal Blow to Fanaticism
12. Thermidor
13. The Incorruptible
Appendix: Portraits of Robespierre
List of Works Cited

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