HIST 202: European Civilization, 1648-1945

Lecture 06 - Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution. Robespierre's ascetic personal life and severe philosophy of political engagement are attributed by some to his difficult childhood. As a revolutionary, one of his most significant insights was that the Revolution was threatened not only by France's military adversaries abroad, but also by domestic counter-revolutionaries. Under this latter heading were gathered two major groups, urban mercantilists and rural peasants. Relative strength of religious commitment is the major factor in explaining why some regions of France rose up in defense of the monarchy while others supported the Revolution.

Lecture 06 - Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution

Time Lecture Chapters
[00:00:00] 1. The Trial of King Louis XVI and the Death of Marat: A Rock Opera
[00:08:41] 2. The Life of Maximilien Robespierre
[00:18:30] 3. The Jacobins and the Girondins
[00:26:56] 4. Counter-Revolutionary Forces: The Federalist Revolt and the Western Peasants
[00:35:01] 5. Revolutionary Fervor in Dechristianized Regions
[00:40:32] 6. The Terror: Robespierre's Attempt to Save the Revolution

Lecture 6 - Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution
Instructor: Professor John Merriman. Transcript [html]. Audio [mp3]. Download Video [mov].

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Lecture 01 - Introduction
Lecture 02 - Absolutism and the State
Lecture 03 - Dutch and British Exceptionalism
Lecture 04 - Peter the Great
Lecture 05 - The Enlightenment and the Public Sphere
Lecture 06 - Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution
Lecture 07 - Napoleon
Lecture 08 - Industrial Revolutions
Lecture 09 - Middle Classes
Lecture 10 - Popular Protest
Lecture 11 - Why no Revolution in 1848 in Britain
Lecture 12 - Nineteenth-Century Cities
Lecture 13 - Nationalism
Lecture 14 - Radicals
Lecture 15 - Imperialists and Boy Scouts
Lecture 16 - The Coming of the Great War
Lecture 17 - War in the Trenches
Lecture 18 - Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning (Guest Lecture by Jay Winters)
Lecture 19 - The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution
Lecture 20 - Successor States of Eastern Europe
Lecture 21 - Stalinism
Lecture 22 - Fascists
Lecture 23 - Collaboration and Resistance in World War II
Lecture 24 - The Collapse of Communism and Global Challenges