The French Revolution, 1789-1795

The French Revolution, 1789-1795

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...could not deprive the execution of a national character. Those who had abstained from voting for members of the National Convention had only themselves to blame, if the Assembly did not properly reflect French opinion. But an act does not become right because it is sanctioned by the delegates of universal suffrage; and the execution of Louis, like that of Charles, is blameworthy, not only because it was disproportioned to the moral guilt of the deposed sovereign, and because it involved a breach of existing laws, but especially because its tendency was to strengthen reactionary forces and many of the evils from which the two countries were suffering. It is right to set against this, the undoubted advantage of bringing home to rulers, in a lurid fashion, the fact of their responsibility (whatever laws or constitutions may say) to man as well as to God, for the use they make of their powers. Nevertheless, on the whole, the wiser course would have been to banish the deposed King. Later experience has shown that the danger to a nation from exiled sovereigns is not very great, unless the sovereign be a man of unusual ability, energy, and craft. Nothing that Louis could have done in exile would have strengthened the enemies of France so much as did his death. In particular it was the main cause of the declaration of war between England and France. the propertied classes fears quite disproportioned to their numbers or influence. One of them, Priestley, had had his house set on fire by a Birmingham mob. Another, Price, had preached a sermon which had been fiercely criticized by Burke in his Reflections on the French Revolution. In the growing manufacturing towns, the discontent of the workmen with the conditions of life under the new Factory System...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236637445
  • 9781236637444