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France under the Directory - Martyn Lyons

France under the Directory

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Published: 24th November 1975
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On 9 thermidor Year 2, Robespierre fell; on18 brumaire Year 8, a coup d'etat brought Bonaparte to power. This book demonstrates that the interval between these two momentous events was also of crucial importance. Using the findings of recent research, it presents a balanced appraisal of the thermidorean and directorial regimes to the English student. For Jacobin sympathizers thermidor and the Directory represented the betrayal of the revolutionary idea; for Bonapartist propagandists it represented chaos and corruption, and the darker the Directory could be painted, the more Bonaparte's reputation would be flattered. Dr Lyons attempts to dispose of these myths. He stresses the Directory's successes as well as its failures, and emphasizes elements of continuity which link it both with the Jacobin regime and with the Consulate. The regime inherited a heavy burden of war, inflation and food shortages, yet it remained revolutionary in its Republicanism, its anticlericalism, and its desire to carry the fruits of the Revolution to the rest of Europe. At the same time it laid the foundations of financial stability and administrative efficiency on which Bonaparte was to build."

'Nonante-Cinq'
The Conspiracy of the Equals
Royalist delusions
Directorial society: 'Les Gros'
Directorial society: 'Les Maigres'
Education and social welfare
'Monsieur Dimanche' and 'Citoyen Decadi'
Philosophy and science: The legacy of Condillac
Taste under the Directory
The nation in arms
Administration and the 'conspiracy of indifference'
Economic life
Foreign policy: The Mediterranean dimension
Foreign policy: Profit and propaganda
The coups of floreal and prairial
The First Republic's last coup d'©tat
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ISBN: 9780521099509
ISBN-10: 0521099501
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 24th November 1975
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.35