By Marc-Antoine Jullien
For this e-book R. R. Palmer has translated choices from the ample writings of the flexible French political determine and author Marc-Antoine Jullien, weaving them with his personal broad statement into an soaking up narrative of Jullien's lifestyles and instances. Jullien's hopes and fears for the "progress of humanity" have been commonplace of a few of the French bourgeoisie during this turbulent interval. His lifestyles coincided with the full period of revolution in Europe and the Americas from 1775 to 1848: he was once born within the yr while armed uprising opposed to Britain all started in the USA, he witnessed the autumn of the Bastille as a schoolboy in Paris, joined the Jacobin membership, took half within the Reign of Terror, endorsed democracy, placed his hopes in Napoleon Bonaparte, became opposed to him, after which welcomed his go back from Elba. lower than the restored Bourbons, he turned an outspoken liberal, had fun within the revolution of 1830, had doubts concerning the July monarchy, welcomed the revolution of 1848, and died a couple of weeks ahead of the election of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte as president of the second one Republic. Drawn from books, pamphlets, experiences, letters, e-book studies, journal articles, poems, and personal notes and memoranda, Jullien's reviews are supplemented right here through letters that his mom wrote throughout the early years of the French Revolution and through articles via Jullien's collaborators within the Revue Encyclopdique. In Palmer's expert fingers, those chosen fabrics from a now forgotten lifestyles vividly painting France's transition from progressive republicanism and the fear throughout the Napoleonic years to the extra placid liberalism of the 19th century.
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My friend, with a trembling hand I draw a veil over the crimes the people have been forced to commit by those who have victimized them for three years. The dark plots that are discovered everywhere throw a frightful light, with positive evidence, on the fate that was awaiting the patriots. It was kill or be killed! An atrocious necessity, the appalling work of our enemies. Heads cut off, priests massacred. . ” If the people. . Oh, the unhappy people. . be careful not to malign them! . Here is a detail that I heard from six masons returning from their work.
That is why the popular societies, though repeatedly purged, still need regeneration. That is why the belated justice done to Capet [Louis XVI] and his accomplices, to Custine and other conspiring generals, to Brissot and his adherents, has not stopped the continuing existence of treason or prevented the agents of Pitt and the allied powers from penetrating our ranks and even holding public offices granted by the people. Let me give you some details on the petty intrigues that propagate moderatism, for we owe it to ourselves to instruct one another.
The Brissot faction does not dare to justify the king, but it clearly wants to save him. It obstructs the proceedings in the Convention every day by denunciation and incidents that cause trouble and make scandalous scenes. I do not know where it will end, but we are obviously surrounded by dangers, and we are doing nothing to strengthen ourselves in the love and confidence of the people, which is our only possible guarantee. Good-bye for now, my friend, and hold fast to your principles, but the first principle should be to act with prudence.