montagnarde1793: (OMSBWTF?)

*sighs* I'm a bit afraid to read it. Browsing it has left me with a rather bad impression....but that shouldn't really surprise me, should it? Given the souce.

In other news, I don't know why they let Colin Lucas write the introductory article for the 1993 colloquium on Robespierre; the man is a revisionist sophist. (Because, clearly, when people talk about transparency in government, what they really mean is some kind of pseudo-Calvinist inquisition in which some people are inherently pure and only those people can tell whether others are pure or not. They obviously aren't talking about exposing the illicit or unethical actions of government officials to the People they are supposed to serve . D:<)

I'm back

Monday, 18 February 2008 19:32
montagnarde1793: (Maxime)
In case anyone was wondering why I haven't replied to comments and posts and such for the past few days, it's because I was in Portland and had extremely limited computer access. Now that I'm back I'll try to reply to all comments and posts as soon as possible (that should be by the end of the day tomorrow).

I spent most of the time I was in Portland in the very large used bookstore there, Powell's. Very large can sometimes mean exaggerations of unfortunate phenomena in smaller bookstores though (for example, in terms of biographies in the French History section: there were no fewer than *eighteen* different books (and I don't mean copies) on Antoinette--and comparable numbers for Louis XIV and Bonaparte, though at least those are understandable, since they had a rather large historical impact, but *Antoinette*?! Really, it's just pathetic. >__> As far as other people from the Revolutionary period go, there were the usual ten or so on La Fayette, one on Vergniaud, one on Marat, three on Robespierre (Scurr, Thompson, and that new collection of speeches that just came out)... and that's it. 

...I don't suppose it's any wonder that people think the three most important people in French history are Louis XIV, Bonaparte, and Antoinette, with secondary roles for La Fayette and Richelieu (there were about as many books on him as La Fayette). And I suppose they are all more or less important, even if I don't like them. Or most of them, anyway. Where the hell does Antoinette come in though? Antoinette =/= important. At all. >:(

Oh, and I found out a few random Danton-related things (quite by accident, as you can imagine). The first is that, as Maelicia mentioned a while back, Danton apparently, um, read Justine. It would seem that it's Restif de la Bretonne who says as much--though I really don't want to know how he would know that. O_O; Also, that painting that's commonly assumed to be of Danton's second wife? There's no proof of that, apparently; some guy who owned it in the late 19th century claimed that it *must* be of her because it was from the same era and it kind of resembled a miniature of her. Random 19th century people can be really unintelligent sometimes.

And before I end this rambling and somewhat pointless post, I'll also mention that I read the chapter about Robespierre in de Baecque's book on seven deaths during the Revolution. My only comment on this really is that, while I don't disagree with his analysis, it was very difficult to read. ;____; Seriously, I barely got through it.
montagnarde1793: (OMSBWTF?)

...Okay, so the criticism is mostly just implicit, but still. One rather wonders why no one got around to writing an article on the subject earlier, as the real message of Danton is pretty obvious. Its characterizations make Maxime cry, too. D:

Note: Read the last footnote especially, it's most enlightening. >__>
montagnarde1793: (pluviose)

Well, all good things must come to an end, and thus it's time to move on from monster!Maxime to another monstrous construction... (Maxime will remain important though, especially in later parts of the article, never fear.)

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Tuesday, 22 August 2006 22:44
montagnarde1793: (colored bust)
...From the fictional character, Claude Mounier from Robert Margerit's La Revolution. The character is speaking to Danton early in 1794; I think he's right:

"Non, je ne t’accuse pas, je constate seulement, de plus en plus, ce que j’ai toujours soupçonné : tu n’es pas un vrai républicain. Tu es, au fond, comme Mirabeau, comme ton ennemi La Fayette, comme Barnave, Lameth, comme Lanjuinais, comme ton ami Dumouriez. Tu as consenti à la république parce que tu n’as pu faire autrement, quand il ne t’est resté aucun espoir orléaniste. Tu as beau siégé sur la Montagne, tu es un homme du Marais. Si nous te laissions aller ton train, nous aurions bientôt un régime aristocratique sous l’étiquette républicaine, un régime ou l’argent, à coup sur, serait roi, avec l’intrigue pour reine et l’agiotage comme Premier ministre."

My (rough) translation:
"No, I’m not accusing you; I just observe more and more what I’ve always suspected: you are not a true republican. You are, at heart, like Mirabeau, like your enemy La Fayette, like Barnave, Lameth, like Lanjuinais, like your friend Dumouriez. You consented to the republic because you could not do otherwise, when no Orléaniste hope remained to you. Though you have sat with the Montagne you are a man of the Marais. If we let you follow your course, we would soon have an aristocratic regime with republican manners, a regime where money assuredly would be king, with intrigue for queen and peculation as Prime Minister."

From what I've read of it, I think I like this series. The character who speaks the above lines, and probably also the author, seem to like Maxime except for one thing: they reproach him for the FdlES.....And despite Margerit's brilliant insights into just about everything, I think he's missed the point here and isn't looking at it in context. 
...I could go on, explain myself better, but it's getting late and I still have reading to do. I'll try to post with some art soon.

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Sunday, 12 June 2005 00:02
montagnarde1793: (Default)
I am honestly so tired that I think I might have done something to my eyes. I have decided that I should probably see the Star Wars movies... just because everyone has and it would be nice to know what they're talking about. Did I mention I was tired? My typing is getting slightly, um, worse. Perhaps I should stop... I should have called Santina today. Oops. And she's busy until I leave for Southern California on Wednesday. Why do I always do this? And I'm too tired to re-watch Danton tonight. I am going to sleep now.

-Estelle La Chatte

PS: And you know what else! I think I'm going to reveal my real name--I've already revealed those of all my friends, so why not. Suzanne. There, that wasn't so hard. Wonder why I hadn't done it before? But I'm rambling. I will stop. Now--I promise.


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