The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution (Hardback)
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The Coming of the Terror in the French Revolution (Hardback)

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Hardback 463 Pages / Published: 03/03/2015
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How did the French Revolution's ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity descend into violence and terror? Timothy Tackett offers a new interpretation of this turning point in world history. Penetrating the mentality of Revolutionary elites on the eve of the Terror, he reveals how suspicion and mistrust escalated and helped propel their actions.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674736559
Number of pages: 463
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 30 mm


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Essential reading for anyone interested in how revolutions devolve into terror. Beautifully written, superbly documented, and fair and balanced in its judgments, it will be a landmark of scholarship for decades to come.--Lynn Hunt, author of Writing History in the Global Era
With the instincts and passion of an experienced truffle-hunter, Tackett has snuffled his way through dozens of municipal, departmental, and private archives throughout la France profonde in a quest for letters and diaries from the Revolutionary period. He has discovered a hugely valuable hoard of new testimonies by men and women, Parisians and provincials. His focus is on the bourgeois class that drove the Revolution onward, ranging from individuals elected to serve in successive national assemblies, to local officeholders and functionaries, through to the broader pool of literate and vocal private citizens...The Coming of the Terror allows us into this maelstrom of emotion, highlighting individual reactions well beyond the range of historians' usual suspects...By refreshing the sources of French Revolutionary history in a way that is likely to prove enduring, and placing his findings within a lively, robust, and up-to-date narrative, Tackett has put all historians of the Revolution in his debt.--Colin Jones"New York Review of Books" (06/22/2017)
A wonderful book, a veritable masterpiece. Tackett finds new sources to answer one of the oldest questions about the French Revolution: why did the deputies of the National Assembly put the Terror in place? In a captivating synthesis of the entire Revolution, he captures its drama and emotion, the fluctuating joys, anxieties, and fears of those who lived through unprecedented events.--David Garrioch, author of The Making of Revolutionary Paris
[Tackett] analyzes the mentalit of those who became 'terrorists' in 18th-century France...In emphasizing weakness and uncertainty instead of fanatical strength as the driving force behind the Terror, ...Tackett...contributes to an important realignment in the study of French history.--Ruth Scurr"The Spectator" (02/21/2015)

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