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The Resource A natural history of revolution : violence and nature in the French revolutionary imagination, 1789-1794, Mary Ashburn Miller

A natural history of revolution : violence and nature in the French revolutionary imagination, 1789-1794, Mary Ashburn Miller

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A natural history of revolution : violence and nature in the French revolutionary imagination, 1789-1794
Title
A natural history of revolution
Title remainder
violence and nature in the French revolutionary imagination, 1789-1794
Statement of responsibility
Mary Ashburn Miller
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
How did the French Revolutionaries explain, justify, and understand the extraordinary violence of their revolution? In debating this question, historians have looked to a variety of eighteenth-century sources, from Rousseau's writings to Old Regime protest tactics. A Natural History of Revolution suggests that it is perhaps on a different shelf of the Enlightenment library that we might find the best clues for understanding the French Revolution: namely, in studies of the natural world. In their attempts to portray and explain the events of the Revolution, political figures, playwrights, and journalists often turned to the book of nature: phenomena such as hailstorms and thunderbolts found their way into festivals, plays, and political speeches as descriptors of revolutionary activity. The particular way that revolutionaries deployed these metaphors drew on notions derived from the natural science of the day about regeneration, purgation, and balance. In examining a series of tropes (earthquakes, lightning, mountains, swamps, and volcanoes) that played an important role in the public language of the Revolution, A Natural History of Revolution reveals that understanding the use of this natural imagery is fundamental to our understanding of the Terror. Eighteenth-century natural histories had demonstrated that in the natural world, apparent disorder could lead to a restored equilibrium, or even regeneration. This logic drawn from the natural world offered the revolutionaries a crucial means of explaining and justifying revolutionary transformation. If thunder could restore balance in the atmosphere, and if volcanic eruptions could create more fertile soil, then so too could episodes of violence and disruption in the political realm be portrayed as necessary for forging a new order in revolutionary France
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1979-
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Miller, Mary Ashburn
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Revolution (France : 1789-1799)
  • Violence
  • Natural disasters
  • Rhetoric
  • France
  • HISTORY
  • Natural disasters
  • Rhetoric
  • Violence
  • France
  • Französische Revolution
  • Gewalt
  • Politische Sprache
  • Naturereignis
  • Naturkatastrophe
  • Metapher
  • Retorik
  • Franska revolutionen 1789-1799
  • Politiskt våld
  • Frankrike
Label
A natural history of revolution : violence and nature in the French revolutionary imagination, 1789-1794, Mary Ashburn Miller
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ordering a disordered world -- Terrible like an earthquake : violence as a "revolution of the earth" -- Lightning strikes -- Pure mountain, corruptive swamp -- "Mountain, become a volcano" -- Conclusion : Revolutionary like nature, natural like a revolution
Control code
ocn742515525
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 231 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460845
Lccn
2010052643
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • 40019477530
  • 10.7591/9780801460845
  • (YBP)3624263
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4sq4h
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)742515525
Label
A natural history of revolution : violence and nature in the French revolutionary imagination, 1789-1794, Mary Ashburn Miller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ordering a disordered world -- Terrible like an earthquake : violence as a "revolution of the earth" -- Lightning strikes -- Pure mountain, corruptive swamp -- "Mountain, become a volcano" -- Conclusion : Revolutionary like nature, natural like a revolution
Control code
ocn742515525
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 231 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460845
Lccn
2010052643
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • 40019477530
  • 10.7591/9780801460845
  • (YBP)3624263
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4sq4h
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)742515525

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