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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
Title
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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contains biographical information
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1945-
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Dunn, Susan
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index present
LC call number
DC137.08
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.D86 1994
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non fiction
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  • Louis
  • Louis
  • Louis,
  • Louis,
  • Louis,
  • Louis,
  • Louis
  • Louis
  • Louis
  • Louis
  • Regicide
  • Monarchy
  • Public opinion
  • Historians
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Régicides
  • Monarchie
  • Opinion publique
  • Historiens
  • Rois et souverains dans la littérature
  • Koningskwesties
  • Mythevorming
  • Rois et souverains
  • Mythes politiques
  • Régicides
  • Opinion publique
  • Monarchie
  • Régicides
  • France
  • France
  • France
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The deaths of Louis XVI : regicide and the French political imagination, Susan Dunn
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
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xi, 178 pages
Isbn
9780691034294
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93039519
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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  • (OCoLC)29361349
  • (OCoLC)ocm29361349
Label
The deaths of Louis XVI : regicide and the French political imagination, Susan Dunn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 178 pages
Isbn
9780691034294
Lccn
93039519
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29361349
  • (OCoLC)ocm29361349

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