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ISBN: 0312352247
Author: Graeme Fife
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 14, 2006)
Pages: 448
Category: Europe
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.6
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While reading Graeme Fife’s The Terror, I became very curious about who would publish such an abysmally written history of the Terror

While reading Graeme Fife’s The Terror, I became very curious about who would publish such an abysmally written history of the Terror. I tried to find information about Portrait Books, an imprint of Piatkus, but the imprint seems to have been wiped out of existence.

1792 found the newborn Republic threatened from all sides: the British blockaded the coasts, Continental armies poured over . This extraordinary, bloodthirsty period comes vividly to life in Graeme Fife's new book.

1792 found the newborn Republic threatened from all sides: the British blockaded the coasts, Continental armies poured over the frontiers, and the provinces verged on open revolt.

From late 1792 to the summer of 1794, the young French Republic was subject to a reign of institionalised terror - in many ways the prcursor of Stalin's Great Terror of the 1930s

From late 1792 to the summer of 1794, the young French Republic was subject to a reign of institionalised terror - in many ways the prcursor of Stalin's Great Terror of the 1930s. The Republic founded on liberty, equality and fraternity degenerated into a nightmare of paralysing fear nad panic, of suspicion and betrayal. From late 1792 to the summer of 1794, the young French Republic was subject to a reign of institionalised terror - in many ways the prcursor of Stalin's Great Terror of the 1930s.

Graeme Fife's careful examination of original French sources, many of them contemporaneous, invests his .

The book is, therefore, not only a massively important contribution to the history of the period, it is written with tremendous verve, the narrative has a strong momentum and this is popular history of the very first rank.

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The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792-1794. 1792 found the newborn Republic threatened from all sides: the British blockaded the coasts, Continental armies poured over the frontiers, and the provinces verged on open revolt.

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For the audience that made a major bestseller of Simon Schamaâ?™s Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution comes this exhaustively researched, character-driven chronicle of revolutionary terror, its victims, and the young men---energetic, idealistic, and sincere---who turned the French Republic into a slaughterhouse.

1792 found the newborn Republic threatened from all sides: the British blockaded the coasts, Continental armies poured over the frontiers, and the provinces verged on open revolt. Paranoia simmering in the capital, the Revolution slipped under control of a powerful clique and its fanatical political organization, the Jacobin Club. For two years, this faction, obsessed with patriotism and purity---self-appointed to define both---inflicted on their countrymen a reign of terror unsurpassed until Stalinâ?™s Russia.

It was the time dominated by Maximilien Robespierre, Georges Danton, Jean-Paul Marat and Louis-Antoine Saint-Just (called �The Angel of Death�), when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette met their ends, when any hint of dissent was ruthlessly quashed by the State. It was the time of the guillotine, neighborhood informants, and mob justice.

This extraordinary, bloodthirsty period comes vividly to life in Graeme Fifeâ?™s new book. Drawing on contemporary police files, eyewitness accounts, directives from the sinister Committee for Public Safety, and heart-wrenching last letters from prisoners awaiting execution, the author brilliantly re-creates the psychotic atmosphere of that time.

Comments:

Usishele
A Lesson in History
In this Postmodern Age of "enlightenment and progress" one needs to reflect on the lessons taught by history.
So many recent scourges of populations of helpless human beings who have found themselves at the center of political and ethnic conflict might convince oneself to ponder its meaning.
To me, the horrors of Rwanda, Darfur, Iraq, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and many others, remain beyond understanding. So, in the midst of our modern-day national political scene, in the freest of all countries in the world, one can see the shadows of the ills that arise in those other outcomes.

The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792--1794
This is the second newly published and fully researched book I have read on that subject.
The short-lived effort and ultimate failure of a people to obtain freedom from tyranny and unjust governance is one of horror and saturated with intrigue and betrayal.
It is completely astounding to me to think that the victory of the American Colonies over Great Britain in 1776 had only just been won less than two decades earlier!
Because by 1815, France had again reverted to a monarchy and who could have imagined the lives that would be fruitlessly sacrificed in that struggle for freedom?

The Terror: The Merciless War for Freedom in Revolutionary France by David Andress (Hardcover - Jan 10, 2006)
This was the first book I read, and it was also a detailed and scholarly work. Both books added to my understanding of the human condition.
By a careful study of the story of that struggle for freedom and their hope to live in a free society, these two books will open the eyes of the thoughtful reader to our present day world.
I highly recommend them both.
Amerikan_Volga
Stay clear of this book. No footnotes; no documentation; short, selective bibliography. Not a work of scholarship. Seems to rely heavily on secondary works. Author freely puts words in revolutionaries' mouths. See what he has Javogues saying on p. 208. (Tried to post it but review was rejected due to language.) Often not sure if author is not simply making things up.

Distinctly anti-revolutionary bent. Words and actions ripped from context. The revolutionaries are crazed degenerates, the sans-culotte a seedy bunch, the fédéré vagabonds and dock scum, the masses uniformly unwashed. Class bigot á la Burke. Author writes well, is a decent story-teller. Only reason it gets a "2". Otherwise, light weight stuff.
Snake Rocking
Others before me have, in their own reviews, covered all of the estimable qualities of this, Fife's successful contribution to the history of revolutionary France, so I won't tax you with superfluous text. I will say, though, that this is a very good book, and, by reading it, I learned a great deal about the events that took place during the period known as 'The Terror' (1792-94). Having said that, I must tell you that I have never come across a book written by an author more in need of a crash-course lesson in sentence structure, punctuation, and overall continuity.

In writing this book, Fife overlooked several of the most basic rules for sentence structure and punctuation (but be assured that he made full and abundant use of a powerful thesaurus), and although this book is full of facts, it is a mere recitation of those facts only rarely accompanied by commentary and/or analyses. Fife's book is basically a collection of jumbled paragraphs, describing people and events, placed seemingly at random throughout the book without any sense whatsoever of the continuous flow of time; there is no cohesion. It's as if the author wrote each paragraph on seperate slips of paper, deposited them all in a grab-bag, drew them out one after another, and organized them into his book accordingly. Also, I have never read a history book (and I have a huge collection of books on history) that contains such a myriad of quotes in which the F-word is used (seriously, could he find no other quotes, or couldn't he at least have been discreet and refrained from spelling out the entire word?).

However, despite all of its flaws, this book was indeed an educational experience and did, overall, succeed in fulfilling the most fundamental definition of a 'good book' (regardless of the genre): I enjoyed reading it.
Siratius
Graeme Fife's "The Terror" is a popularization of this horrific but fascinating subject. I mean that in a good way. This book lacks a traditional scholarly apparatus (i.e. footnotes) and is stronger on storytelling than analysis. Simon Schama's majestic Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution is still the book to beat about the French Revolution. But if you perversely enjoy blood-chilling tales of political warfare and madness, as I do, you will like this book. Fife rolls out all the fearsome tales: the September massacres, the war against the Vendee, the political infighting that lead to the revolution devouring almost all its children. But Fife never loses sight of the dreadful human cost of the time: the shattered families, ruined lives and blasted populations and economy. When I finish a book like this I always thank heaven I live where I do, when I do. And hope we can learn the appropriate lessons about political humility, compromise, and, yes, charity.

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