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Camille Desmoulins’s Le Vieux Cordelier: a link between English and French republicanism

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel Hammersley


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Camille Desmoulins's Le Vieux Cordelier is one of the best known newspapers of the French Revolution. Yet, despite this, there has long been uncertainty over the intellectual content of the newspaper and, in particular, over Desmoulins's use of Tacitean passages to support his views. This article seeks to shed light on this important newspaper by setting it not just in the context of the debates of the winter of 1793–1794, but also in that of the ideas and arguments of the Cordelier Club. The article demonstrates that in drawing on English republican ideas in Le Vieux Cordelier, to assert classical democratic republicanism against the views upheld by the Hébertists and the Revolutionary Government, Desmoulins was writing firmly in the tradition of the Cordelier Club.

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Author(s): Hammersley R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: History of European Ideas

Year: 2001

Volume: 27

Issue: 2

Pages: 115-132

ISSN (print): 0191-6599

ISSN (electronic): 1873-541X

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/S0191-6599(01)00033-X


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