Thomas Paine and the French Revolution

  • Carine Lounissi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Carine Lounissi
    Pages 1-32
  3. The Revolution of 1789 in Rights of Man: Republican or Democratic Revolution?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-34
    2. Carine Lounissi
      Pages 65-95
  4. Paine and the Creation of the French Republic (May 1791–December 1793)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-98
    2. Carine Lounissi
      Pages 99-131
    3. Carine Lounissi
      Pages 133-167
    4. Carine Lounissi
      Pages 169-214
  5. Paine, Critic or Propagandist of the French Republic? (January 1794–September 1802)

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Carine Lounissi
      Pages 311-316
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-321

About this book


This book explores Thomas Paine's French decade, from the publication of the first part of Rights of Man in the spring of 1791 to his return trip to the United States in the fall of 1802. It examines Paine's multifarious activities during this period as a thinker, writer, member of the French Convention, lobbyist, adviser to French governments, officious diplomat and propagandist. Using previously neglected sources and archival material, Carine Lounissi demonstrates both how his republicanism was challenged, bolstered and altered by this French experience, and how his positions at key moments of the history of the French experiment forced major participants in the Revolution to defend or question the kind of regime or of republic they wished to set up. As a member of the Lafayette circle when writing the manuscript of Rights of Man, of the Girondin constellation in the Convention, one of the few democrats who defended universal suffrage after Thermidor, and as a member of the Constitutional Circle which promoted a kind of republic which did not match his ideas, Paine baffled his contemporaries and still puzzles the present-day scholar. This book intends to offer a new perspective on Paine, and on how this major agent of revolutions contributed to the debate on the French Revolution both in France and outside France.


Rights of Man republicanism French Constitution Girondins 'The Terror' American revolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Carine Lounissi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Rouen RouenFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-75288-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-75289-1
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