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Jacobin Club

Seal of the Jacobin Club (1792–1794)

SuccessorPanthéon Club
FounderMaximilien Robespierre[1]
Founded atVersailles, France
DissolvedNovember 12, 1794
TypeParliamentary group
Legal statusInactive
PurposeEstablishment of a Jacobin society
HeadquartersDominican convent, Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris
MethodsFrom democratic initiatives to public violence
Membership (1793)
Around 500,000[2]
Official language
Antoine Barnave (first)
Maximilien Robespierre (last)
Key people
Brissot, Robespierre, Duport, Marat, Desmoulins, Mirabeau, Danton, Billaud-Varenne, Barras, Collot d'Herbois, Saint-Just
  • Journal de la Montagne[3]
  • L'Ami du peuple
  • Le Vieux Cordelier
  • AffiliationsAll groups in the National Convention
  • Montagnards
  • Girondins
  • The Society of the Friends of the Constitution (French: Société des amis de la Constitution), renamed the Society of the Jacobins, Friends of Freedom and Equality (Société des Jacobins, amis de la liberté et de l'égalité) after 1792 and commonly known as the Jacobin Club (Club des Jacobins) or simply the Jacobins ( (/ˈdʒækəbɪn/; French: [ʒakɔbɛ̃]), was the most influential political club during the French Revolution of 1789-1795.

    Initially founded in 1789 by anti-royalist deputies from Brittany, the club grew into a nationwide republican movement, with a membership estimated at a half million or more. The Jacobin Club was heterogeneous and included both prominent parliamentary factions of the early 1790s, The Mountain and the Girondins. By 1792–1793, the Girondins were the more prominent group, leading France when they declared war on Austria and on Prussia, overthrew King Louis XVI, and set up the French First Republic. After the king's execution and setbacks in the civil war, the leaders of the Mountain faction led by Maximilien Robespierre succeeded in sidelining the Girondin faction and controlled the government until July 1794. In October 1793, 21 prominent Girondins were guillotined. The Mountain-dominated government executed thousands of opponents nationwide, as a way to suppress the Vendée insurrection and the Federalist revolts and to deter recurrences. Their time in government featured high levels of political violence, and for this reason the period of the Jacobin/Mountain government is identified as the Reign of Terror, during which time well over 10,000 people were put on trial and executed in France, many for political crimes.

    In July 1794 the National Convention pushed the administration of Robespierre and his allies out of power and had Robespierre and 21 associates executed. In November 1794 the Jacobin Club closed.



    When the Estates General of 1789 convened in May–June 1789 at the Palace of Versailles, the Jacobin club, originally the Club Breton, comprised exclusively a group of Breton representatives attending those Estates General. Deputies from other regions throughout France soon joined. Early members included the dominating comte de Mirabeau, Parisian deputy Abbé Sieyès, Dauphiné deputy Antoine Barnave, Jérôme Pétion, the Abbé Grégoire, Charles Lameth, Alexandre Lameth, Artois deputy Robespierre, the duc d'Aiguillon, and La Revellière-Lépeaux. At this time meetings occurred in secret, and few traces remain of what took place or where the meetings convened.

    Transfer to Paris

    By the March on Versailles in October 1789, the club, still entirely composed of deputies, reverted to becoming a provincial caucus for National Constituent Assembly deputies from Brittany. The club was re-founded in November 1789 as the Société de la Révolution, inspired in part by a letter sent from the Revolution Society of London to the Assembly congratulating the French on regaining their liberty.[4][5]

    To accommodate growing membership, the group rented the refectory of the monastery of the Jacobins in the Rue Saint-Honoré, adjacent to the seat of the Assembly. They changed their name to Société des amis de la Constitution in late January, though by this time, their enemies had already dubbed them "Jacobins," the name given to French Dominicans because their first house in Paris was in the Rue Saint-Jacques.[5]


    The Jacobin Club was in the Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.

    Once in Paris, the club soon extended its membership to others beyond Assembly deputies. All citizens were allowed to enter, and even foreigners were welcomed. The English writer Arthur Young joined the club in this manner on January 18, 1790. Jacobin Club meetings soon became a place for radical and rousing oratory that pushed for republicanism, widespread education, universal suffrage, separation of church and state, and other reforms.[6]

    On February 8, 1790, the society became formally constituted on this broader basis by the adoption of the rules drawn up by Barnave, which were issued with the signature of the duc d'Aiguillon, the president. The club's objectives were defined as:

    1. To discuss in advance questions to be decided by the National Assembly.
    2. To work for the establishment and strengthening of the constitution in accordance with the spirit of the preamble (that is, of respect for legally constituted authority and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen).
    3. To correspond with other societies of the same kind which should be formed in the realm.

    At the same time the rules of order of election were settled, and the constitution of the club determined. There was to be a president, elected every month, four secretaries, a treasurer, and committees elected to superintend elections and presentations, the correspondence, and the administration of the club. Any member who by word or action showed that his principles were contrary to the constitution and the rights of man was to be expelled.

    By the 7th article the club decided to admit as associates similar societies in other parts of France and to maintain with them a regular correspondence. By August 10, 1790 there were already one hundred and fifty-two affiliated clubs. The attempts at counter-revolution led to a great increase of their number in the spring of 1791, and by the close of the year the Jacobins had a network of branches all over France. At the peak there were at least 7,000 chapters throughout France, with a membership estimated at a half-million or more. It was this widespread yet highly centralized organization that gave to the Jacobin Club great power.[7]


    Seal of the Jacobin Club from 1789 to 1792, during the transition from absolutism to constitutional monarchy

    By early 1791, clubs like the Jacobins, the Club des Cordeliers and the Cercle Social were increasingly dominating French political life. Numbers of men were members of two or more of such clubs. Women were not accepted as members of the Jacobin Club (nor of most other clubs), but they were allowed to follow the discussions from the balconies. The popular Jacobin Club confined its membership to well-off men. The Jacobins claimed to speak on behalf of the patrie (nation) and the people but were themselves not members of the lower classes. [8]

    The central society in Paris was composed almost entirely of professional men (such as the lawyer Robespierre) and well-to-do bourgeoisie (like the brewer Santerre). From the start, however, other elements were also present. Besides the teenage son of the Duc d'Orléans, Louis Philippe, a future king of France, aristocrats such as the duc d'Aiguillon, the prince de Broglie, and the vicomte de Noailles, and the bourgeoisie formed the mass of the members. The club further included people like "père" Michel Gérard, a peasant proprietor from Tuel-en-Montgermont, in Brittany, whose rough common sense was admired as the oracle of popular wisdom, and whose countryman's waistcoat and plaited hair were later on to become the model for the Jacobin fashion.

    The Jacobin Club supported the monarchy up until the very eve of the republic declared September 20, 1792. They did not support the petition of July 17, 1791 for the king's dethronement, but instead published their own petition calling for replacement of king Louis XVI.[9]


    Late in 1791, a group of Jacobins in the Legislative Assembly advocated war with Prussia and Austria. Most prominent among them was Brissot, other members were Pierre Vergniaud, Fauchet, Maximin Isnard, Jean-Marie Roland.[10]

    Maximilien Robespierre, also a Jacobin, strongly pleaded against war with Prussia and Austria in the Jacobin Club, but not in the Assembly where he was not seated. Disdainfully, Robespierre addressed those Jacobin war promoters as "the faction from the Gironde." Some, not all of them, were indeed from department Gironde. The Assembly in April 1792 finally decided for war, thus following the 'Girondin' idea. Brissot and Robespierre were leaders of the club but the break over the war was the end of their alliance.

    Half of the club resigned to form their own Feuillants Club in July 1791. The departure of the conservative members led to a further radicalization of the Jacobin Club. After the club resignation, Brissot and Robespierre were appointed to recruit new members, but owing to Brissot's government responsibilities, he ceded this task to Robespierre, who took advantage of the opportunity to recruit members who would be loyal to him. His place among the Jacobins became much more prominent.

    The Legislative Assembly, governing France from October 1791 until September 1792, was dominated by Girondins like Brissot, Isnard and Roland. But after June 1792, Girondins visited the Jacobin Club less and less, where Robespierre, their fierce opponent, grew more and more dominant.[11]


    On September 21, 1792, after the fall of the monarchy the title assumed by the Jacobin Club after the promulgation of the constitution of 1791 (Société des amis de la constitution séants aux Jacobins à Paris) was changed to Société des Jacobins, amis de la liberté et de l'égalité (Society of the Jacobins, Friends of Freedom and Equality). In the newly elected National Convention, governing France from September 21, 1792, Maximilien Robespierre made his comeback in the center of French power.[12] Together with his 25-year-old protégé Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, Marat, Danton and other associates they took places on the left side on the highest seats of the session room: therefore that group around and led by Robespierre was called The Mountain (French: la Montagne, les Montagnards). From then on, a polarization process started among the members of the Jacobin Club, between a group around Robespierre and the Girondins. The Montagnards and the Girondins never had any official status, nor official memberships. The Mountain was not even very homogenous in their political views: what united them was their aversion to the Girondins.[13]

    While some historians prefer to identify a parliamentary group around Robespierre as Jacobins,[14][15] not all Montagnards were Jacobin and their primary enemies, the Girondins, were originally also Jacobins. By September 1792, Robespierre had become the dominant voice in the Jacobin Club.[16]

    Since late 1791, the Girondins had become opponents of Robespierre, taking their place on the right side of the session room of the Convention. By this time, they stopped visiting the Jacobin Club.

    Those parliamentary groups, Montagnards and Girondins, never had any official status, but historians estimate the Girondins in the Convention at 150 men strong, the Montagnards at 120. The remaining 480 of the 750 deputies of the Convention were called 'the Plain' (French: la Plaine) who sided with either group depending on the issue. The Girondins and Montagnards were mainly occupied with attacking each other.

    Most Ministries were manned by friends or allies of the Girondins, but while the Girondins were stronger than the Montagnards outside Paris, inside Paris the Montagnards were much more popular, with the public galleries of the Convention always loudly cheering their speeches, while jeering at Girondin speeches.[17]

    On April 6, 1793, the Convention established the Comité de salut public (Committee of Public Prosperity, also translated as Committee of Public Safety) as a sort of executive government of nine, later twelve members, always accountable to the National Convention. Initially, it counted no Girondins and only one or two Montagnards, but gradually the influence of Montagnards in the Committee grew.

    Girondins disbarred

    Early in April 1793, Minister of War Pache said to the National Convention that the 22 leaders of the Girondins should be banned. Later that month, the Girondin Guadet accused the Montagnard Marat of "preaching plunder and murder" and trying "to destroy the sovereignty of the people." A majority of the Convention agreed to put Marat on trial, but the court of justice quickly acquitted him. This apparent victory of the Montagnards intensified their antipathies toward the Girondins, and more proposals were made to get rid of the Girondins.

    On both May 18 and 25, 1793 the acting president of the Convention, Isnard, a Girondin, warned that the disturbances and disorder on the galleries and around the Convention would finally lead the country to anarchy and civil war, and he threatened on May 25, "If anything should befall to the representatives of the nation, I declare, in the name of France, that all of Paris will be obliterated." The next day, Robespierre said in the Jacobin Club that the people should "rise up against the corrupted deputies" in the Convention. On May 27, both Girondins and Montagnards accused the other party of propagating civil war.[18]

    On June 2, 1793 the Convention was besieged in the Tuileries Palace by a crowd of around 80,000 armed soldiers on behalf of the Montagnards. In a chaotic session a decree was adopted that day by the Convention, expelling 22 leading Girondins from the Convention, including Lanjuinais, Isnard and Fauchet.[19]

    Montagnard rule and civil war

    In July 1793, the Committee of Public Safety was formed. Maximilien Robespierre and some of his Jacobin associates gained greater power and control through the Committee. Many members of the Committee, like Robespierre, were Jacobins: Fouché, Collot d'Herbois, Billaud-Varenne, Marat, Danton, Saint-Just.[20] Three other powerful Montagnards[21] were not known as Jacobin: Barère, Hébert and Couthon. In both the political struggle and history writing after 1793 however, the group around Robespierre dominating French politics in June 1793–July 1794 was often designated as 'Jacobins'.[22][15]

    Many of these Montagnards (and Jacobins) entered, or were already, in the de facto executive government of France, the Committee of Public Prosperity (or Public Safety): Barère was a member from April 1793 until at least October 1793, Danton served there from April until July 1793, Couthon[23] and Saint-Just[24] had entered the Committee in May, Robespierre entered it in July, Collot d'Herbois in September and Billaud-Varenne also around September 1793. Robespierre for his steadfast adherence to and defense of his views received the nickname and reputation of l'Incorruptible (The Incorruptible or The Unassailable).[25]

    Several deposed Girondin-Jacobin Convention deputies, among them Jean-Marie Roland, Brissot, Pétion, Louvet, Buzot and Guadet, left Paris to help organize revolts in more than 60 of the 83 departments against the politicians and Paris Commune, mainly Montagnards, that had seized power over the Republic. The government in Paris called such revolts 'federalist' although most of the revolts did not strive for regional autonomy but for a different central government.[26]

    Reign of Terror

    In October 1793, 21 former Girondin Convention deputies were sentenced to death for supporting an insurrection in Caen. This signaled an escalation into interfraternal strife among the revolutionaries. In March 1794, the Montagnard Hébert and some followers were sentenced to death. In April the Montagnard Danton and 13 of his followers were sentenced to death. In both cases Robespierre insinuated to the Convention that those "internal enemies" were promoting "the triumph of tyranny."[27] Meanwhile, the Montagnard-dominated government resorted also to harsh measures to repress what they considered counter-revolution, conspiracy and "enemies of freedom" in the provinces outside Paris, resulting in 17,000 death sentences between September 1793 and July 1794 in all of France.[28] This dark period is referred to as the Reign of Terror.

    In late June 1794, in the midst of yet another attempted purge, some the deputies like Fouché fought back. Three colleagues on the Committee of Public Prosperity/Safety – Billaud-Varenne, Collot d'Herbois and Carnot – called Robespierre a dictator. On 10 Thermidor, Year II (July 28, 1794), at some time in the evening, Louis Legendre was sent out with troops to arrest leading members of the Montagnards at the Hôtel de Ville and the Jacobin Club itself where members had been gathering every Saturday evening,[29] was closed until the next day, Robespierre and 21 associates including the Jacobin Saint-Just and the Montagnard Couthon were sentenced to death by the National Convention and guillotined.


    Engraving "Closing of the Jacobin Club, during the night of 27–28 July 1794, or 9–10 Thermidor, year 2 of the Republic"

    After Robespierre and other leading Jacobins were executed, the Jacobins became targets of Thermidorian and anti-Jacobin papers,[30] with Jacobins lamenting counterrevolutionary pamphlets "poisoning public opinion."[31] The Jacobins disavowed the support they gave Robespierre on 9 Thermidor, yet supported an unpopular return to the Terror. Meanwhile, the society's finances fell into disarray and membership dipped to 600 Further, they were linked to ongoing trials of prominent members of the Terror involved in atrocities in Nantes, especially Jean-Baptiste Carrier.[32]

    Organized gangs formed, the jeunesse doree or Muscadins, who harassed and attacked Jacobin members, even assailing the Jacobin Club hall in Paris. On 21 Brumaire, the Convention refused to support enforcement of protection of the club. The Committee of General Security decided to close the Jacobins' meeting hall late that night, padlocking the door at four in the morning.[33]

    The next meeting day, 22 Brumaire (November 12, 1794), without debate the National Convention passed a decree permanently closing the Jacobin Club by a nearly unanimous vote.[34] Jacobin clubs were closed throughout the country.[35]

    Reunion of Jacobin adherents

    An attempt to reorganize Jacobin adherents was the foundation of the Réunion d'amis de l'égalité et de la liberté in July 1799. Its headquarters was located in the Salle du Manège of the Tuileries, and was thus known as the Club du Manège. It was patronized by Barras, and some two hundred and fifty members of the two councils of the legislature were enrolled as members, including many notable ex-Jacobins. It published a newspaper called the Journal des Libres, proclaimed the apotheosis of Robespierre and Babeuf, and attacked the Directory as a royauté pentarchique. But public opinion was now preponderantly moderate or royalist, and the club was violently attacked in the press and in the streets. After the suspicions of the government were aroused, they had to change their meeting-place from the Tuileries to the church of the Jacobins (Temple of Peace) in the Rue du Bac. In August it was suppressed, after barely a month's existence. Its members avenged themselves on the Directory by supporting Napoleon Bonaparte.[36]


    Political influence

    Main article: Jacobin (politics)

    The movement's contemporaries, such as the King Louis XVI, located the effectiveness of the revolutionary movement not "in the force and bayonets of soldiers, guns, cannons and shells but by the marks of political power."[37] Ultimately, the Jacobins were to control several key political bodies, in particular the Committee of Public Safety and, through it, the National Convention, which was not only a legislature but also took upon itself executive and judicial functions. By their supporters, the Jacobins were seen as "less selfish, more patriotic, and more sympathetic to the Paris Populace."[38] This gave them a position of charismatic authority that was effective in generating and harnessing public pressure, harnessing the pressure from the sans-culottes for more sweeping social change.[39]

    The Jacobin Club developed into a force for French republicanism and radical revolution, rejecting its original laissez-faire economic policy and economic liberal approach in favor of economic interventionism, including price and wage controls.[40] In power, they completed the abolition of feudalism in France that had been formally decided August 4, 1789 but had been held in check by a clause requiring compensation for the abrogation of the feudal privileges.[41]

    Robespierre entered the political arena at the very beginning of the Revolution, having been elected to represent Artois at the Estates General. Robespierre was viewed as the quintessential political force of the Jacobin Movement. As a disciple of Rousseau, Robespierre's political views were rooted in Rousseau's notion of the social contract, which promoted "the rights of man."[42]

    Robespierre, known as the "Incorruptible," would lead the Jacobins to their ultimate end. He began to equate Rousseauan virtue with Terror. The ultimate political vehicle for the Jacobin movement was the Reign of Terror overseen by the Committee of Public Safety, who were given executive powers to "purify" and unify the Republic.[43] The Committee instituted requisitioning, rationing, and conscription to consolidate new citizen armies. They instituted the Terror as a means of combating those they perceived as enemies within. Robespierre declared, "the first maxim of your policy ought to be to lead the people by reason and the people's enemies by terror."[44] Many of these elements are found in later radical movements.

    Left-wing politics

    The political rhetoric and populist ideas espoused by the Jacobins would lead to the development of the modern leftist movements throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with Jacobinism serving as the political foundation of almost all leftist schools of thought including anarchism, communism and socialism.[45][46][47]The Paris Commune was seen as the revolutionary successor to the Jacobins.[48] Jacobin rhetoric would lead to increasing secularization and skepticism towards the governments of Europe throughout the 1800s.[49] This revolution in politics, society and culture, caused in part by the Jacobins, culminated in the Revolutions of 1848.[50][51]

    Jacobin populism and complete structural destruction of the old order led to an increasingly revolutionary spirit throughout Europe and such changes would contribute to new political foundations. Georges Valois, founder of the first non-Italian fascist party Faisceau,[52] claimed the roots of fascism stemmed from the Jacobin movement.[53] Leftist organizations would take different elements from the Jacobin's core foundation. The Jacobin philosophy of a complete dismantling of an old system, with completely radical and new structures, is historically seen as one of the most revolutionary and important movements throughout modern history.[49]

    Cultural influence

    The Jacobins saw themselves as constitutionalists, dedicated to the Rights of Man and in particular, to the declaration's principle of "preservation of the natural rights of liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression" (Article II of the Declaration). The constitution reassured the protection of personal freedom and social progress within French society. The cultural influence of the Jacobin movement was effective in reinforcing these rudiments, developing a milieu for revolution. The Constitution was admired by most Jacobins as the foundation of the emerging republic and of the rise of citizenship.[54]

    The cultural influence of the Jacobin movement during the French Revolution revolved around the creation of the Citizen. Jean-Jacques Rousseau's 1762 book The Social Contract was an important guide for Robespierre and the Jacobins. "Citizenship is the expression of a sublime reciprocity between individual and General will."[55] This view of citizenship and the General Will was used to embrace the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and adopt the French Constitution of 1793, and then later to suspend that constitution and all ordinary legality and institute Revolutionary Tribunals that did not even grant a presumption of innocence.[56]

    In France, Jacobin now generally leans towards moderate authoritarianism, more equal formal rights and centralization of power.[57] In the name of freedom and democracy it can denote support for extensive government intervention to transform society.[58] It is unabashedly used by proponents of a state education system which strongly promotes and inculcates civic values. It is more controversially used by or for proponents of a strong nation-state capable of resisting undesirable foreign interference.[59]

    List of presidents of the Jacobin Club

    In the beginning every two months, later every two weeks a new president was chosen:[60]

    Electoral results

    Election year No. of
    overall votes
    % of
    overall vote
    No. of
    overall seats won
    +/– Leader
    1791[62] 774,000 (3rd) 18.3
    136 / 745
    Jacques Pierre Brissot
    National Convention
    1792 907,200 (2nd) 26.7
    200 / 749
    Green Arrow Up (Darker).png 64
    Legislative Body
    1795 Did not participate Did not participate
    64 / 750
    Red Arrow Down.svg 136


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    ISBN links support NWE through referral fees

    • Bosher, John F. The French Revolution. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 1989. ISBN 978-0393959970
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    • Durant, Will, and Ariel Durant. The Age of Napoleon – A History of European Civilization from 1789-1815. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1975. ISBN 978-0671219888
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    • Furet, François, and Mona Ozouf (eds.). A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution, trans. Arthur Goldhammer. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0674177284
    • Gendron, François. The Gilded Youth of Thermidor trans. James Cookson. Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1993. ISBN 077350902X
    • Gluckstein, Donny. The Paris Commune: A Revolution in Democracy. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2011. ISBN 978-1608461189
    • Hampson, Norman. Saint-Just. Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell, Ltd., 1991. ISBN 978-0631162339
    • Jones, Colin. The Longman Companion to the French Revolution. London, UK: Longman Publishing Group, 1990. ISBN 978-0582494176
    • Jullien, Marc-Antoine. From Jacobin to Liberal: Marc-Antoine Jullien, 1775-1848. Princeton University Press, 1993. ISBN 978-0691032993
    • McPhee, Peter. Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0300118117
    • McPhee, Peter (ed.). A Companion to the French Revolution. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. ISBN 978-1444335644
    • Redfern, Nick. Secret Societies: The Complete Guide to Histories, Rites, and Rituals. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1578594832
    • Rey, Alain. Dictionnaire historique de la langue française. Paris, FR: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 1992. ISBN 978-2321000679
    • Schama, Simon. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution. New York, NY: Alfred Knopf, 1989. ISBN 0394559487
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    Further reading

    • Desan, Suzanne. "Constitutional Amazons: Jacobin Women's Clubs in the French Revolution" in Re-creating Authority in Revolutionary France ed. Bryant T. Ragan, Jr. and Elizabeth Williams, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992. ISBN 978-0813518428
    • Harrison, Paul R. The Jacobin Republic Under Fire: The Federalist Revolt in the French Revolution. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0271058443
    • Higonnet, Patrice L.-R. Goodness beyond Virtue: Jacobins during the French Revolution. Boston, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0674470620
    • Kennedy, Michael A. The Jacobin Clubs in the French Revolution, 1793–1795. Berghahn Books, 2000. ISBN 978-1571811868
    • Lefebvre, Georges. The French Revolution: From 1793 to 1799. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1964, ISBN 978-0231025195
    • Linton, Marisa. Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship and Authenticity in the French Revolution. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0198733096
    • Soboul, Albert. The French revolution: 1787–1799. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1975. ISBN 978-0394712208


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