Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship, and Authenticity in the French Revolution

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Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship and Authenticity in the French Revolution examines the leaders of the French Revolution - Robespierre and his fellow Jacobins - and particularly the gradual process whereby many of them came to 'choose terror'. These men led the Jacobin Club between 1789 and 1794, and were attempting to establish new democratic politics in France. Exploring revolutionary politics through the eyes of these leaders, and against a political backdrop of a series of traumatic events, wars, and betrayals, Marisa Linton portrays the Jacobins as complex human beings who were influenced by emotions and personal loyalties, as well as by their revolutionary ideology.

The Jacobin leaders' entire political careers were constrained by their need to be seen by their supporters as 'men of virtue', free from corruption and ambition, and concerned only with the public good. In the early stages of the Revolution, being seen as 'men of virtue' empowered the Jacobin leaders, and aided them in their efforts to forge their political careers. However, with the onset of war, there was a growing conviction that political leaders who feigned virtue were 'the enemy within', secretly conspiring with France's external enemies. By year two, the year of the Terror, the Jacobin identity had become a destructive force: in order to demonstrate their own authenticity, they had to be seen to act virtuously, and be prepared, if the public good demanded it, to denounce and destroy their friends, and even to sacrifice their own lives. This desperate thinking resulted in the politicians' terror, one of the most ruthless of all forms of terror during the Revolution. Choosing Terror seeks neither to cast blame, nor to exonerate, but to understand the process whereby such things can happen.

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Marisa Linton's new book is in the best traditions of such careful, detailed, biographically-conscious evaluations. ( Dr Dave Andress, Reviews in History)

Marisa Linton's book covers five years of the revolution and integrates a great deal of recent research into an interpretation of the terror which will fascinate the general reader and encourage specialists to extend research into some of the areas she covers. ( Hugh Gough, Dublin Review of Books)

Linton manages to provide a very convincing account of her topic of choice. One of the key strengths of the book is that Linton is never prescriptive; likewise she presents a balanced account throughout, weighing the ideological, strategic, emotional and personal inclinations of the protagonists at every turn. ( Aurelien Mondon, Modern & Contemporary France)

Linton's rigorously researched and documented work renders in intricate detail the personalities, motives, and interrelationships of revolutionary figures caught up in the writhing landscape of the great French political experiment ... Recommended. ( J.I. Donohoe, CHOICE)

Linton's chronological approach allows her to offer many insights into the politicians' personal experience of the Terror ( Lynn Hunt, French History)

an extremely detailed and illuminating account. ( Aurelien Mondon, Modern and Contemporary France)

Marisa Linton's book has the great advantage of humanising the principal actors of the Revolution, by restoring their emotions, their friendships, and their virtues, as well as their anxieties and enmities. More than this, it puts forward a new reading of the slide into 'terrorism' produced by the fear that stalked them. Her compelling narrative is distinguished by fair judgement and subtle analysis. ( Annie Jourdan, La Vie des Idées)

In this important book, Marisa Linton shows with insight and care how [Jean-Marie] Roland's self-image as a man of virtue and honesty was shared among nearly all revolutionary politicians on the Left. ( Gary Kates, American Historical Review)

Linton has given us a potent account of how individual revolutionaries faced the Terror ... Linton offers a finely texted and compelling play-by-play, as figures like Jacques-Pierre Brissot, Georges Danton, Robespierre, and Jean Tallien wrestle over each other's fates and the future of France. ( Suzanne Desan, Journal of Interdisciplinary History)

In her valuable and authoritative book on the Terror, Marisa Linton focuses on why individuals engaged in acts of violence. Her title, Choosing Terror, encapsulates her interpretation. She reframes her question to ask why individuals who first chose revolution later chose Terror. ( Jack R. Censer, Journal of Social History)

About the Author:

Marisa Linton is a leading historian of the French Revolution. She is currently Reader in History at Kingston University. She has published widely on eighteenth-century France and the French Revolution. She is the author of The Politics of Virtue in Enlightenment France (2001) and the co-editor of Conspiracy in the French Revolution (2007).

HBJD - European history HBLL - Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 HBTV2 - French Revolution

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 233 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship and Authenticity in the French Revolution examines the leaders of the French Revolution - Robespierre and his fellow Jacobins - and particularly the gradual process whereby many of them came to choose terror . These men led the Jacobin Club between 1789 and 1794, and were attempting to establish new democratic politics in France. Exploring revolutionary politics through the eyes of these leaders, and against a political backdrop of a series of traumatic events, wars, and betrayals, Marisa Linton portrays the Jacobins as complex human beings who were influenced by emotions and personal loyalties, as well as by their revolutionary ideology. The Jacobin leaders entire political careers were constrained by their need to be seen by their supporters as men of virtue , free from corruption and ambition, and concerned only with the public good. In the early stages of the Revolution, being seen as men of virtue empowered the Jacobin leaders, and aided them in their efforts to forge their political careers. However, with the onset of war, there was a growing conviction that political leaders who feigned virtue were the enemy within , secretly conspiring with France s external enemies. By year two, the year of the Terror, the Jacobin identity had become a destructive force: in order to demonstrate their own authenticity, they had to be seen to act virtuously, and be prepared, if the public good demanded it, to denounce and destroy their friends, and even to sacrifice their own lives. This desperate thinking resulted in the politicians terror, one of the most ruthless of all forms of terror during the Revolution. Choosing Terror seeks neither to cast blame, nor to exonerate, but to understand the process whereby such things can happen. Codice libro della libreria AOP9780198733096

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