The Jacobins: An Essay in the New History (Paperback)
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The Jacobins: An Essay in the New History (Paperback)

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The Jacobins were the most famous of the political clubs that fomented the French Revolution. Initially moderate, they are remembered mainly for instituting the Reign of Terror. Crane Brinton's The Jacobins was written in the 1930s, itself a decade of the violent centralization of unchecked political power.

Brinton offers not an account of the actions of major figures, but an anatomy of Jacobinism, its membership, beliefs and political platform, the relations between the central Paris club and the regional groups, and how it evolved from moderation to tyranny. Brinton argues that when one considers the material facts about the Jacobins- their social environment, occupations, and wealth-one finds evidence of their prosperity to justify predicting for them quiet, uneventful, conservative, thoroughly normal lives. But when one studies the records of their proceedings, one finds them violent, cruel, and intolerant. The Jacobins present a paradox. Their political being seems inconsistent with their actual intentions.

The Jacobins presented for a brief time the spectacle of men acting without apparent regard for their material interests. As the brilliant new introduction by Howard G. Schneiderman indicates, this contradiction defines the Jacobins, and perhaps most other revolutionary movements.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412818339
Number of pages: 346
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Review of the 1930 edition: "The author's analysis and description in each of the chapters are painstaking and fresh, his appreciations, quick and penetrating . . . [T]he author's original approach to a problem which has never before been systematically examined, his keen conclusions, tempered by sound reservations, and his well-rounded generalizations make this work an invaluable one for all students of the French Revolution."

--Leo Gershoy, The American Historical Review


Review of the 1930 edition: "[F]ull of useful information."

--Louis Gottschalk, The Journal of Modern History


Review of the 1930 edition: "The author's analysis and description in each of the chapters are painstaking and fresh, his appreciations, quick and penetrating . . . [T]he author's original approach to a problem which has never before been systematically examined, his keen conclusions, tempered by sound reservations, and his well-rounded generalizations make this work an invaluable one for all students of the French Revolution."

--Leo Gershoy, The American Historical Review


Review of the 1930 edition: "[F]ull of useful information."

--Louis Gottschalk, The Journal of Modern History


Review of the 1930 edition: "The author's analysis and description in each of the chapters are painstaking and fresh, his appreciations, quick and penetrating . . . [T]he author's original approach to a problem which has never before been systematically examined, his keen conclusions, tempered by sound reservations, and his well-rounded generalizations make this work an invaluable one for all students of the French Revolution."

--Leo Gershoy, The American Historical Review


Review of the 1930 edition: "[F]ull of useful information."

--Louis Gottschalk, The Journal of Modern History


Review of the 1930 edition: -The author's analysis and description in each of the chapters are painstaking and fresh, his appreciations, quick and penetrating . . . [T]he author's original approach to a problem which has never before been systematically examined, his keen conclusions, tempered by sound reservations, and his well-rounded generalizations make this work an invaluable one for all students of the French Revolution.-

--Leo Gershoy, The American Historical Review


Review of the 1930 edition: -[F]ull of useful information.-

--Louis Gottschalk, The Journal of Modern History

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