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Regicide and Revolution : Speeches at the Trial of Louis XVI - Michael Walzer

Regicide and Revolution

Speeches at the Trial of Louis XVI

Paperback Published: 25th March 1993
ISBN: 9780231082594
Number Of Pages: 257
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Maintaining that the trial and public execution of Louis XVI was an absolutely essential part of the French Revolution, Walzer discusses two types of regicide: the first, committed by would-be kings or their agents, left the monarchy's mystique and divine right intact, while the second was a revolutionary act intended to destroy it completely.

Walzer defends the trial and execution of Louis XVI as necessary, since it not only tried to destroy the monarchy's mystique and divine right, but also required the deputies to fully explain their guiding philosophies and applied the rules of judicial process to establish equality before the law.

New to this edition is an appendix containing "Revolutionary Justice," Ferenc Feher's classic rebuttal to Walzer's thesis, and Walzer's response, "The King's Trial and the Political Culture of the Revolution."

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A very provocative essay, fecund with insights into the enduring problems of citizenship, servitude, political responsibility and legislative statesmanship." The New Republic

Preface to the Morningside Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Translator's Preface
Regicide and Revolution
Two Kinds of Regicidep. 1
The Old Regimep. 8
The King and the Lawp. 35
The Revolutionary Argumentp. 47
A Defense of the Trial and Execution of Louis XVIp. 69
The Speeches
Maihle: 7 November 1792p. 93
Morisson: 13 November 1792p. 110
Saint-Just: 13 November 1792p. 120
Paine: 21 November 1792p. 127
Robespierre: 3 December 1792p. 130
Condorcet: 3 December 1792p. 139
Marat: 3 December 1792p. 158
Saint-Just: 27 December 1792p. 162
Robespierre: 28 December 1792p. 178
Vergniaud: 31 December 1792p. 194
Paine: 7 January 1793p. 208
App. 1. Revolutionary justicep. 217
App. 2. The King's Trial and the Political Culture of the Revolutionp. 237
App. 3. Excerpts from the Constitution of 1791p. 253
Index of Namesp. 255
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ISBN: 9780231082594
ISBN-10: 0231082592
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 257
Published: 25th March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.57 x 13.72  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.36