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Threshold of Terrorby Rodney Allen
Synopses & Reviews
The failure of the French Revolution of 1789 to establish stable political institutions based on a liberal constitutional monarchy led to terror, civil war and instability for France and twenty-three years of almost uninterrupted war for the rest of Europe. This account documents the crucial twenty-four hours over the 9 and 10 August 1792 which led to the fall of the king and set in motion the chain of events that culminated in the Reign of Terror. During this period, over 40,000 people were brought before the Revolutionary Tribunal and guillotined.
Book News Annotation:
Using several little-known documents, including eye-witness accounts of Swiss Guards who had tried to save the ill-fated King Louis XVI, Allen (former reader in history at Oxford) details the 24 hours from August 9 to the evening of the 10th, 1792, which were so critical in provoking the Reign of Terror. On this day the constitutionalists abandoned the king, leaving him open for arrest and eventually death by guillotine, along with over 40,000 other "enemies" of the radical factions over the next two years. Allen focuses on the human side of the events, including discussions of how a number of witnesses escaped death and succeeded in leaving France.
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The events of August 1792 culminating in the Reign of Terror.
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