Provincial Patriot of the French Revolution

Provincial Patriot of the French Revolution : Francois Buzot, 1760-1794

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Provincial Patriot of the French Revolution: Francois Buzot, 1760-1794, provides a personal perspective on the dramatic events of the French Revolution between 1789 and 1794. By examining the life and observations of this Girondin deputy from Evreux, it is possible to better understand the inherent difficulties involved in transforming an ancient monarchy into a modern more

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  • Hardback | 182 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 18mm | 379.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739196901
  • 9780739196908

About Bette W. Oliver

Bette W. Oliver is an independent scholar. She earned a PhD in modern European history from the University of Texas at more

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Oliver chronicles the major events of the French Revolution, into which she inserts the life and political career of Normand lawyer Buzot.As her narrative progresses, the emphasis is placed increasingly on Buzot himself. She provides an excellent perspective to show that what occurred in France between 1789 and 1794 took many unexpected and dramatic turns and that the lives of 'ordinary' people like Buzot were violently impacted in unforeseeable ways. French Review Until now Buzot has never been the subject of a biography in English. In this thoughtful, scholarly, and sensitive study, Bette Oliver throws new light on Buzot's life, the dilemmas he faced, and the choices he made. She traces the revolutionary context with a sure hand, giving an evocative sense of what it was like for leaders like Buzot to inhabit the maelstrom of revolutionary politics. Oliver makes extensive use of the unedited version of Buzot's memoirs which he wrote in the final months of his life. Through the memoirs we hear his authentic voice as he struggled to make sense of his dramatic reversal of fortune, and to vindicate the integrity of the Girondins' intentions to posterity. -- Marisa Linton, Kingston University In this volume Bette Oliver explores in detail the life of Francois Buzot, one of the Girondin deputies in the French Revolution whose final days she chronicled in her earlier book, Orphans on the Earth. Oliver describes Buzot as an "unwilling martyr," in contrast to figures such as Robespierre and Manon Roland who anticipated their fate on the guillotine. Drawing on memoirs, letters, and other published sources, Oliver describes Buzot's childhood and family, his early experiences in the Revolution in Normandy, and the path that took him to national prominence in both the Constituent Assembly and the National Convention, where he emerged as a fierce opponent of Robespierre and the Jacobins, and developed a distinctly negative attitude toward the city of Paris. Oliver also examines Buzot's love affair with Manon Roland, which remained a secret for nearly one hundred years after the French Revolution. This is a most engaging portrait of a man who was both an idealist and a romantic. -- Paul Hanson, Butler Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Un Promeneur Solitaire Chapter 2: On The National Stage Chapter 3: The Decisive Year, 1791 Chapter 4: Return to Evreux Chapter 5: The Birth of The Republic Chapter 6: The Storm Breaks Chapter 7: From Caen to St. Emilion Chapter 8: The Last Daysshow more