The Great French Revolution, 1789-1793, Volume 2

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This book is very helpful to anyone who's looking to debate whether the French revolution was worth its human costs. Kropotkin puts his position clearly for the reader and gives an emotional outlook on the oppression of peasants and serfs of the time. It is clear he supports the revolution. I highly recommend this book for any research or just leisure reading.  


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Page 573 - In any case, what we learn to-day from the study of the Great Revolution is, that it was the source and origin of all the present communist, anarchist, and socialist conceptions. We have but badly understood our common mother, but now we have found her again in the midst of the sans-culottes, and we see what we have to learn from her.
Page 574 - Assemblies, and will the socialise the land and give it only to tkose who want to cultivate it with their own hands ? We know not : any answer to this question would belong to the domain of prophecy. The one thing certain is, that whatsoever nation enters on the path of revolution in our own day, it will be heir to all our forefathers have done in France. The blood they shed was shed for humanity — the sufferings they endured were borne for the entire human race ; their struggles, the ideas they...
Page 566 - For the first time in centuries the peasant ate his fill, straightened his back and dared to speak out. Read the detailed reports concerning the return of Louis XVI. to Paris, when he was brought back a prisoner from Varennes, in June 1791, by the peasants, and say: "Could such a thing, such an interest in the public welfare, such devotion to it, and such an independence of judgment and action have been possible before 1789?
Page 166 - the King of France, swear to employ all the powers delegated to me by the constitutional act of the state, to maintain the constitution decreed by the National Assembly, and accepted by me.
Page 130 - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or...
Page 466 - ... for limits, nature for a principle, and the law as her defender. " Art. 5. The law can only prohibit that which is hurtful, and order that which is useful to society. " Art. 7. Proprietorship is the right every citizen possesses of enjoying the property secured to him by the law. " Art. 8. Society is bound to provide for the subsistence of all its members, either by procuring them occupation, or assuring the means of existence to those who are unable to work.
Page 341 - Laws that are not carried into effect, authorities without force and despised, crime unpunished, property attacked, the safety of the individual violated, the morality of the people corrupted, no constitution, no government, no justice — these are the features of anarchy!

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