Citizens & Cannibals: The French Revolution, the Struggle for Modernity, and the Origins of Ideological Terror

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Citizens Cannibals The French Revolution the Struggle for Modernity and the Origins of Ideological Terror Why did the French Revolution informed by Enlightenment principles of liberty equality and fraternity end in the Great Reign of Terror How could once moral citizens transform themselves into blood
  • Title: Citizens & Cannibals: The French Revolution, the Struggle for Modernity, and the Origins of Ideological Terror
  • Author: Eli Sagan
  • ISBN: 9780742508316
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why did the French Revolution, informed by Enlightenment principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity, end in the Great Reign of Terror How could once moral citizens transform themselves into bloodthirsty guillotine cannibals bent on slaughtering their political opponents For generations, these questions have mystified historians Until now In Citizens and CannibalWhy did the French Revolution, informed by Enlightenment principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity, end in the Great Reign of Terror How could once moral citizens transform themselves into bloodthirsty guillotine cannibals bent on slaughtering their political opponents For generations, these questions have mystified historians Until now In Citizens and Cannibals, noted scholar Eli Sagan argues that France s failed evolution into a modern state introduced to the world a previously unknown scourge with catastrophic consequences ideological terror France s passage into social and political modernity held for its citizens both great promise and great anxiety Sagan analyzes this anxiety and demonstrates why the ensuing ideological terror is common to many societies in transition, including the transformations of Weimar to Nazi Germany, Czarist to Soviet Russia, and agrarian to Communist China While the French Revolution may have introduced ideological terror to the world, Sagan makes it clear that Hitler, Stalin, and other dictators have perpetuated its existence time after time In fact, Sagan concludes that the seeds of ideological terror remain present in all modernizing societies, at all times, and if given the proper conditions they will germinate in a very predictable way As in his previous books, Sagan explores the past to illuminate the political strengths and moral shortcomings of all democratic societies, past, present, and future With this brilliant new analysis of the French Revolution, he reminds us once again that the past can still teach us a great deal about our modern predicament specifically, why all political progress must come at grave cost Citizens and Cannibals is a rigorous work of history and profound psychological insight that offers readers the most comprehensive explanation of the great ambiguities and contradictions of the modern world.
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      Published :2019-01-26T23:53:25+00:00

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    Another book that tries to rewrite History rather than to study it Quotes like no extensive data need to be presented here , the great moral paradox of modernity is that it produces nonpsychotic psychotic acts sic , there is a verb meaning to use the familiar tutoyer, and a noun indicating such usage tutoiement The committee decreed its general usage on November 10, 1793 this is actually a legend that, unfortunately, many historians seem to believe like many other anecdotes in the book this decr [...]

    I found the treatment of the Terror in the last third of the book fairly unsatisfying due to its strong focus on psychoanalytic theory, but it provoked me into writing a few thousand words of email about it, so at least it was engaging.

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