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The Deaths of Louis XVI : Regicide and the French Political Imagination., Susan Dunn

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The Deaths of Louis XVI : Regicide and the French Political Imagination.
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The Deaths of Louis XVI
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Regicide and the French Political Imagination.
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Susan Dunn
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eng
Summary
The public beheading of Louis XVI was a unique and troubling event that scarred French collective memory for two centuries. To Jacobins, the king's decapitation was the people's coronation. To royalists, it was deicide. Nineteenth-century historians considered it an alarming miscalculation, a symbol of the Terror and the moral bankruptcy of the Revolution. By the twentieth century, Camus judged that the killing stood at the "crux of our contemporary history." In this book, Susan Dunn investigates the regicide's pivotal role in French intellectual history and political mythology. She examines how thinkers on the right and left repudiated regicide and terror, while articulating a compassionate, humanitarian vision, which became the moral basis for the modern French nation. Their credo of fraternity and unity, however, strangely depoliticized this supremely political act of regicide. Using theoretical insights from Tocqueville, Arendt, Rawls, Walzer, and others, Dunn explores the transformation of violent regicidal politics into an apolitical cult of ethical purity and an antidemocratic nationalist religion. Her book focuses on the fluidity of political myths. The figure of Louis XVI was transmuted into a Joan of Arc and a deified nation, and the notion of his sacrifice contributed to the disquieting myth of a mystical community of self- sacrificing citizens
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Dunn, Susan
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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O'Brien, Connor Cruise
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Literature in History
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volume 3
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  • Louis
  • Louis
  • Louis
  • Regicide
  • Monarchy
  • Public opinion
  • France
  • Historians
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Historians
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Monarchy
  • Psychological aspects
  • Public opinion
  • France
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The Deaths of Louis XVI : Regicide and the French Political Imagination., Susan Dunn
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Contents
Cover Page -- Half-title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication age -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I: Political Myths -- Chapter One: Louis XVI and the Cult of Human Sacrifice -- Chapter Two: Louis XVI and Joan of Arc -- Chapter Three: Michclet and Lamartine: Regicide, Passion, and Compassion -- Part II: Earth: Literary Myths -- Chapter Four: Louis XVI and His Executioners -- Chapter Five: Victor Hugo, Kingship, and Louis XVI -- Chapter Six: Camus and Louis XVI: A Modern Elegy for the Martyred King -- Conclusion -- Index
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on1229919335
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1 online resource (xiii, 198 page)
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online
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9780691224916
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22573/ctv19fkhn2
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remote
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(OCoLC)1229919335
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The Deaths of Louis XVI : Regicide and the French Political Imagination., Susan Dunn
Publication
Contents
Cover Page -- Half-title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication age -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I: Political Myths -- Chapter One: Louis XVI and the Cult of Human Sacrifice -- Chapter Two: Louis XVI and Joan of Arc -- Chapter Three: Michclet and Lamartine: Regicide, Passion, and Compassion -- Part II: Earth: Literary Myths -- Chapter Four: Louis XVI and His Executioners -- Chapter Five: Victor Hugo, Kingship, and Louis XVI -- Chapter Six: Camus and Louis XVI: A Modern Elegy for the Martyred King -- Conclusion -- Index
Control code
on1229919335
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 198 page)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691224916
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv19fkhn2
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1229919335

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