The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 15, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
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.
 

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Acknowledgments
1
Prologue
3
The Memory of a Tyrant
15
The Revolutionary Revealed
25
Representative of the People
45
Robespierre the Orator
65
The War Debates
83
Robespierre the Ideologue
151
The Committee of Public Safety
167
A Mortal Blow to Fanaticism
187
Thermidor
207
The Incorruptible
223
Epilogue
239
Portraits of Robespierre
251
Notes
259

Conversion to Insurrection
99
The Kings Trial
119
Purging the Convention
135

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About the author (1989)

David P. Jordan is the LAS Distinguished Professor of French History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Transforming Paris and The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre.

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