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Traumatic Politics

The Deputies and the King in the Early French Revolution
by Barry M. Shapiro
Pennsylvania State Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2009
Format: Hardback
Pages: 204 pp.
Size: 6.25 x 9.00 inches

ISBN: 9780271035420
TB Code: 1904327
Availability: 63 in stock

The opening events of the French Revolution have stood as some of the most familiar in modern European history. Traumatic Politics emerges as a fresh voice from the existing historiography of this widely studied course of events. In applying a psychological lens to the classic problem of why the French Revolution’s first representative assembly was unable to reach a workable accommodation with Louis XVI, Barry Shapiro contends that some of the key political decisions made by the Constituent Assembly were, in large measure, the product of traumatic reactions to the threats to the lives of its members in the summer of 1789. As a result, Assembly policy frequently reflected a preoccupation with what had happened in the past rather than active engagement with present political realities.