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Seminar Reading: Week 18

Week 18. Ending Revolution


Core primary readings (Gobbet material)

* R. Bienvenu, The Ninth of Thermidor: The Fall of Robespierre (1968), pp. 143-75, 189-227.

* Mason & Rizzo, FRDC, Chapter 11.


Core secondary readings

C. Jones, ‘The Overthrow of Maximilien Robespierre and the "Indifference" of the People’, American Historical Review (June 2014), 689-713.

H. Brown, ‘The New Security State’ in McPhee (ed.), in CFR, pp. 343-358.

P. Dwyer, ‘Napoleon, the Revolution, and the Empire’ in Andress (ed.), OHFR, 573-589.


Further reading

M. Lyons, ‘The 9 Thermidor: motives and effects’, European Studies Review (1975)

A. Jainchill, Reimagining Politics after the Terror: the Republican Origins of French Liberalism (2008)

D. Woronoff, The Thermidorean Regime and the Directory (1984)

S. Clay, ‘The White Terror: Factions, Reactions, and the Politics of Vengeance’ in McPhee (ed.), A Companion to the French Revolution (2015), 359-377

M. Harder, ‘A Second Terror – The purges of French revolutionary legislators after Thermidor’, French Historical Studies, 38: 1 (2015), pp. 33-60

M. Lyons, France under the Directory (1975)

B. Baczko, Ending the Terror (1994)

J. Livesey, Making Democracy in the French Revolution (2001)

H.G. Brown & J.A. Miller (eds), Taking Liberties. Problems of a New Order from the French Revolution to Napoleon (2002)

H.G. Brown, War, Revolution and the Bureaucratic State: Politics and Army Administration in France, 1795-9 (1995)

H.G. Brown, Ending the French Revolution. Violence, Justice, and Repression from the Terror to Napoleon (2006).

L. Mason, ‘Thermidor and the Myth of Rupture’, in Andress (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution (2015), 521-537

I. Woloch, The New Régime (1994)

I. Woloch, Jacobin Legacy: The Democratic Movement under the Directory (1970)

R. Schechter, ‘Gothic Thermidor: the bals des victimes, the fantastic and the production of historical knowledge in post-Terror France’, Representations, 61 (1998)