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The Afterlives of the Terror: Facing the Legacies of Mass Violence in Postrevolutionary France

Ronen Steinberg


This book examines how those who lived through the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution struggled to come to terms with it. It shows that, contrary to claims that are made often in the literature, there were complicated, painful, and often honest debates about how to deal with the effects of mass violence on self and society after the Terror. Revolutionary leaders, relatives of victims, and ordinary citizens argued about how to hold those responsible for the violence accountable, how to offer some sort of relief to the victims, and how to commemorate this controversial episode in the polit ... More

Keywords: French Revolution, Terror, Mass Violence, Transitional Justice, Memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739248
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739248.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronen Steinberg, author
Michigan State University