Was Louis XVI Overthrown by Ideas?


BOOK REVIEW

Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre, Author: Jonathan Israel.

By Jonathan Israel and Lynn Hunt – The book focuses throughout on the crucial role of ideology in forming and organizing the rival groups and what this means when fiercely competing currents of “diffusion” collide.

How did the democratic republican faction win sufficient backing to promote republicanism, human rights, freedom of expression, equality of cults, equality before the law, and drastically weakening religious authority culminating in the world’s first democratic constitution (February 1793) when few in society initially understood or supported their principles?

Vigorous “diffusion of ideas” among the people, I contend, was their chief tool. more> http://tinyurl.com/k3xkraq

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