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Women in the French Revolution
The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution by
Publication Date: 2015-02-23
Between 1793 and 1794, thousands of French citizens were imprisoned and hundreds sent to the guillotine by a powerful dictatorship that claimed to be acting in the public interest. Only a few years earlier, revolutionaries had proclaimed a new era of tolerance, equal justice, and human rights. How and why did the French Revolution's lofty ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity descend into violence and terror?
The Terror by
Publication Date: 2006-12-26
For two hundred years, the Terror has haunted the imagination of the West. The descent of the French Revolution from rapturous liberation into an orgy of apparently pointless bloodletting has been the focus of countless reflections on the often malignant nature of humanity and the folly of revolution. David Andress, a leading historian of the French Revolution, presents a radically different account of the Terror. In a remarkably vivid and page-turning work of history, he transports the reader from the pitched battles on the streets of Paris to the royal family's escape through secret passageways in the Tuileries palace, and across the landscape of the tragic last years of the Revolution. The violence, he shows, was a result of dogmatic and fundamentalist thinking: dreadful decisions were made by groups of people who believed they were still fighting for freedom but whose survival was threatened by famine, external war, and counter-revolutionaries within the fledging new state. Urgent questions emerge from Andress's trenchant reassessment: When is it right to arbitrarily detain those suspected of subversion? When does an earnest patriotism become the rationale for slaughter? Combining startling narrative power and bold insight, The Terror is written with verve and exceptional pace-it is a superb popular debut from an enormously talented historian.
“Reign of Terror.” The Columbia Encyclopedia.
from catalog entry: "...1793–94, period of the French Revolution characterized by a wave of executions of presumed enemies of the state. Directed by the Committee of Public Safety..." An on-line An encyclopedia is a great point of departure providing an overview and further resources.
“Jacobins.” The Columbia Encyclopedia.
"... of the Jacobins (Parisian name of Dominicans), where the members met. Their chief purpose was to concert their activity and to secure support for the group from elements..."
French Revolution in Art - Streaming Video
David: Great Artists (Series 2). Films On Demand. 2003. Accessed October 27, 2021.
from transcript: "...With the execution of the King, France was plunged into a period of violent repression, known as the Reign of Terror, in which almost 40,000 people died. During this time, David served a term as President of the Convention, and so will forever be implicated in this dark period of French history..."
La Bataille de Cholet 1794 Place of publication not identified: Pathé cinéma France, 2015.
This film only available in French (no subtitles).This program looks at the issues underlying the revolt in the Vendée, the brutal manner in which it was put down, and the lessons France learned from this most vicious and unforgiving of civil wars.