The French Revolution Tested by Mirabeau's Career: Twelve Lectures on the History of the French Revolution, Delivered at the Lowell Institute, Boston, Mass. - Vol. 1

The French Revolution Tested by Mirabeau's Career: Twelve Lectures on the History of the French Revolution, Delivered at the Lowell Institute, Boston, Mass. - Vol. 1

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The French Revolution Tested by Mirabeau's Career: Twelve Lectures on the History of the French Revolution, Delivered at the Lowell Institute, Boston, Mass. - Vol. 1

The French Revolution Tested by Mirabeau's Career: Twelve Lectures on the History of the French Revolution, Delivered at the Lowell Institute, Boston, Mass. - Vol. 1

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Readers and critics are respectfully requested to take these pages for what they purport to be: not a book on the history of the French Revolution, but merely some lectures on it, composed principally with a view to illustrating and criticising some of its main features by the opinions and the career of the foremost political genius of its first phase. By the terms of Mr. Augustus Lowell's invitation, I was confined to twelve lectures and for each lecture to one hour. The work had to be done with these limitations constantly in mind. Fair critics will remember this, judging me by what I have accomplished within the compass allowed me, and not as the author of a book with as many pages at his disposal as he chooses to fill. I have added some notes, partly referring the reader to some of my authorities--principally the original sources--and partly furnishing some illustrations of and vouchers for the statements in the text. The body of the lectures I have left wholly unchanged, because I publish them in compliance with the wishes of many of those who heard them delivered, and they desired me to . . .

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