The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre, by David P. Jordan
Published by The University of Chicago Press in 1989, 308 pages. Paperback (S5360)
This book is a detailed and academic account of the life and politics of Robespierre, one of the major figures of the French Revolution
As it changed forever the political landscape of the modern world, the French Revolution was driven by a new type of personality: the confirmed, self-aware revolutionary. Maximilien Robespierre originated the role and embodied its ideological essence and extremes; the self that he projected to the people was equated with the ideals for which he strove.
In creating this intellectual biography of so enigmatic a figure, David Jordan has stressed the words of the man about himself. With great imagination and insight, Jordan places Robespierre's self-conceptualization within the context of events and explains how Robespierre The Incorruptible - a man seen by contemporaries as virtuous - could not only equate justice with vengeance and demand it of the people, but also stand as its symbol before the world.
Condition of the book is generally good. The cover has several minor scuffs and blemishes, and lots of little nibbling and wear along the edges, but the spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound