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From progress to excess: The revolutionary life of Robespierre
by Ruth Scurr
About this EXP
Ruth Scurr, lecturer at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, discusses Robespierre’s enthusiasm for the French Revolution.
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Key point 1
Robespierre was a very strong defender of the revolution. He was committed to the revolution to the point of obsession.
Key point 2
The whole movement was caught up in a collective hysteria, in trying to understand who was a friend and who was an enemy.
Key point 3
The idea that Robespierre must be somebody to be supported or vilified changed around the time of the bicentenary of the revolution, in 1989.
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