Continuity during the Storm: Boissy d'Anglas and the Era of the French Revolution

Continuity during the Storm: Boissy d'Anglas and the Era of the French Revolution

Continuity during the Storm: Boissy d'Anglas and the Era of the French Revolution

Continuity during the Storm: Boissy d'Anglas and the Era of the French Revolution

Synopsis

The long government service of Francois Boissy d'Anglas from 1789 to 1826 is unique, and his abundant writing provides a new look at the great drama of the French Revolution era. A moderate politician who served almost continuously during the Revolution, the Empire, and the Restoration, Boissy d'Anglas's political views remained consistent during several critical periods when the fate of France was at stake. His political philosophy, based firmly on religious tolerance, freedom of expression, strong constitutional government and equality before the law, made it possible for him to weather the revolutionary storm and retain positions of influence in each of the regimes during the period. This book sheds new light on the role of moderates in the French Revolution and illuminates the changing political currents of the Revolution from Boissy's insightful perspective.
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