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Fair Shares for All : Jacobin Egalitarianism in Practice - Jean-Pierre Gross

Fair Shares for All

Jacobin Egalitarianism in Practice

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1997
ISBN: 9780521563185
Number Of Pages: 276

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This study explores the egalitarian policies pursued in the provinces during the radical phase of the French Revolution, but moves away from the habit of looking at such issues in terms of the Terror alone. It challenges revisionist readings of Jacobinism that dwell on its totalitarian potential or portray it as dangerously utopian. The mainstream Jacobin agenda emphasised 'fair shares' and equal opportunities for all in a private ownership market economy. It sought to achieve social justice without jeopardising human rights and tended thus to complement, rather than undermine, the liberal, individualist programme of the Revolution. The book stresses the relevance of the 'Enlightenment legacy', the close affinity between Girondins and Montagnards, the key role played by many lesser-known figures and the moral ascendancy of Robespierre. It reassesses the basic social and economic issues at stake in the Revolution, which cannot be understood solely in terms of political discourse.

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'... a forceful and healthy antidote to current orthodoxy, whose impact is all the more impressive for being based on solid archival work'. Economic History Review ' ... [a] superbly written and widely researched study ... should be essential reading for scholars of the Revolution'. English Historical Review

The Jacobin mainstream and the Robespierrist conspiracy
The family ethos and the common happiness
Food rationing, collectivism and the market economy
Land tenure, shelter and the right of ownership
Progressive taxation and the fair distribution of wealth
Jobs for all and to each a fair deal
A place at school and a time for rejoicing.
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ISBN: 9780521563185
ISBN-10: 0521563186
Series: Past and Present Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 28th January 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.48  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.43