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The Spectre of Babeuf

  • Authors
  • Ian H. Birchall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Emergence of a Revolutionary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 9-28
    3. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 29-49
    4. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 50-70
    5. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 71-80
  4. The Condescension of Posterity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 83-97
    3. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 98-106
    4. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 107-121
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      Pages 122-130
  5. Babeuf’s Socialism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 133-146
    3. Ian H. Birchall
      Pages 147-160
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-204

About this book

Introduction

This study of Babeuf as a political thinker, based on an analysis of his extensive writings, and on scholarship unavailable in English, shows him to be a major precursor of the modern revolutionary socialist tradition. The first part traces Babeuf's political evolution in the context of the French Revolution; the second examines his changing reputation among subsequent historians. The final section assesses the originality of his thought, showing him to be neither a Jacobin nor a Utopian.

Keywords

chronology cold war revolution socialism

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