french revolution

The French Revolution never ceases to fascinate. Marie-Antoinette and Robespierre, the storming of the Bastille and the 'Marseillaise', the Terror and its guillotine ...

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In 1798, during the revolutionary wars on the European mainland, the Irish rebelled. Though they were supported militarily by the French Republic, it was the ideas heralded by the Revolution that gave real strength to their cause. A decade later, in Dublin, William Hallaran argued in hisAn Enquiry Into the Causes Producing the Extraordinary Addition to the Number ...

Peter McPhee: Robespierre

Philip Dwyer
Monday, 23 April 2012

Portrait of a sea-green enigma

Philip Dwyer

 

Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life
by Peter McPhee
Yale University Press (Inbooks), $49.95 hb, 333 pp, 9780300118117

 

The ‘good’ biographer always opts for a nuanced portrai ...