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 ...

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 ...