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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (17 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582437555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582437555
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Its judgments are characteristically balanced and dispassionate and...entirely convincing.'   English Historical Review                     

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John Hardman formerely of the University of Edinburgh has written " Louis XVI" (Yale 1993) and " French Politics" (Longman 1995).

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2001
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This biography serves a brilliant and detailed biography of one of history's most controversial leaders. As the blurb advertises, Hardman focuses on Robespierre's actions in the CPS and Jacobin government rather than the harangues which made him famous in the Convention. He has struck a fine balance between including relevant and interesting details on Robespierre's personal life, without infringing on his aim to chart Robespierre's political life.
I used this a resource for 'A' Level History, and its content is suitable only for those who already have a general knowledge of the French Revolution and in particular the years 1792-94. Indeed, it deals not only with Robespierre but inevitably refers to the general actions of the CPS, Convention and other figures of the time. I imagine it would be ideal for a more detailed study at undergraduate level, and indispensable for anyone carrying out research on this enigmatic and fascinating figure.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Louvet on 22 Jan. 2008
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Having read 20 books for my dissertation on Robespierre Hardman's has certainly been one of the more useful. The chronology spans from pre-revolution until Thermidor Year II and offers an invaluable insight into the where-abouts of the annoyingly reclusive figure. The analytical level is not too heavily weighed down by situationalism or overbearing ideology but is rather of a who, what and when basis, with useful sub-chapters such as a break down of the Robespierristes or the review of Robespierre's aims. I'd note, like the previous reviewer, that the text may be abit indepth for those without a basic understanding the french revolution and its numerous characters, but well worth buying for anyone looking for a useful timeline of Robespierre's actions and illnesses.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 5 April 2001
By Charles P. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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For a recent book about Robespierre, this work is not only disappointing, but terribly antiquated. One reason is because it relies on a discredited source, John Wilson Croker's 1835 essay on Robespierre, an error-filled and venomous document that is given little standing by modern day scholars of repute. If you wish to earn about Robespierre, you should first turn to David P. Jordan's Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre, then to Norman Hampson, J.M. Thompson, G. Rude and Max Gallo. I have read over 30 books in English and French on Robespierre, and those are the best, most informative and most balanced. Hardman's work, on the other hand, is a tired, hostile rehashing that relies too heaviy on Croker. Pass on this one.
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Do not buy it 16 Aug. 2002
By Mohammed Omraan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is difficult to read and waste of money. If you are interested in Robespierre go the great book "Revolutionary Career of Robespierre".
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