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From Jacobin to Liberal Marc-Antoine Jullien, 1775-1848
Jullien, Marc-Antoine, 1775-1848.
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Works. Selections. English. 1993
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1993. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
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1 online resource (x, 243 p. )
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A selection of writings by Marc-Antoine Jullien translated from the French.
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For this book R. R. Palmer has translated selections from the abundant writings of the versatile French political figure and writer Marc-Antoine Jullien, weaving them together with his own extensive commentary into an absorbing narrative of Jullien's life and times. Jullien's hopes and fears for the "progress of humanity" were typical of many of the French bourgeoisie in this turbulent period. His life coincided with the whole era of revolution in Europe and the Americas from 1775 to 1848: he was born in the year when armed rebellion against Britain began in America, he witnessed the fall of the Bastille as a schoolboy in Paris, joined the Jacobin club, took part in the Reign of Terror, advocated democracy, put his hopes in Napoleon Bonaparte, turned against him, and then welcomed his return from Elba. Under the restored Bourbons, he became an outspoken liberal, rejoiced in the revolution of 1830, had doubts about the July monarchy, welcomed the revolution of 1848, and died a few weeks before the election of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte as president of the Second Republic.

Drawn from books, pamphlets, reports, letters, book reviews, magazine articles, poems, and private notes and memoranda, Jullien's comments are supplemented here by letters that his mother wrote during the early years of the French Revolution and by articles by Jullien's collaborators in the Revue Encyclopédique . In Palmer's skilled hands, these selected materials from a now forgotten life vividly portray France's transition from revolutionary republicanism and the Terror through the Napoleonic years to the more placid liberalism of the nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

1 A Boy and His Parents in the French Revolution
Schoolboy in Paris
Letters from His Mother
A Jacobin Family
Sojourn in England
A Regicide Father
2 Young Agent of the Terror
Serving the Committee of Public Safety
Mission to the West
Letters to Robespierre and Others
Horrors in the Vendee
Terror at Bordeaux
3 Democrat among the "Anarchists"
Acceptance of Thermidor
Imprisoned with Babeuf
Rejection of "Communism"
Editing the Orateur Plebeien
Revolution beyond France
4 Bonaparte - Italy - Egypt - Naples
Serving General Bonararte
Editing the Courrier de l'Armee d'Italie
Revolution in Italy
The Cisalpine and Neapolitan Republics
5 For and Against Napoleon
Self-Appointed Adviser to Bonaparte
Hopes for Consolidation of the Revolution
Serving the Empire
Growing Doubts
Writings to Overthrow Napoleon
6 The Hundred Days
Acceptance of Napoleon's Return from Elba For a Liberal Empire
Defiance of Allied Invaders
7 Constitutional Monarchist
Acceptance of the Monarchy
Liberal Pamphleteering
Attempts at Election to Chamber of Deputies
Revolution of 1830
Advice against the Republic
8 Theorist of Education
Education and Politics
Schooling and Political Economy
And for Social Classes
And for Prevention of Revolution
Comparative Education
9 Apostle of Civilization
Classification of the Sciences
Editing the Revue Encydopedique
International Scope
Steamships and Railroads
German Idealism
Robert Owen's New Lanark
10 The Later Years
Persistence of the Past
Memories of His Mother
More Disappointments
Learned Societies
The American Philosophical Society
Electoral Reform
Fortification of Paris
The Amazon
1848 Vive La Republique!
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