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Choosing Terror – Virtue, Friendship, and Authenticity in the French Revolution - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship, and Authenticity in the French Revolution

Marisa Linton


This book 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, this book portrays the Jacobins as complex human beings who were influenced by emotions and personal loyalties, as well as by their revolutionar ... More

Keywords: French Revolution, Robespierre, Jacobins, terror, Jacobin Club, revolutionary ideology, corruption, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199576302
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marisa Linton, author
Reader in History, Kingston University