Je donne ci-dessous le début d’un texte de Micah Alpaugh, renvoyant les personnes intéressées à sa version intégrale en ligne.
Ça n’est pas le moindre intérêt de cette publication d’en annoncer une autre. En effet, l’auteur de Non-Violence and the French Revolution: Political Demonstrations in Paris, 1787-1795 (Cambridge, 2015) met la dernière main à son prochain ouvrage: Friends of Freedom: The Interconnected Rise of Social Movements in America, Britain, Ireland, France and Haiti, 1765-1800.
The London Revolution Society’s entry into French Revolutionary politics helped inspire the creation of the Jacobin Club network. In the French National Assembly on November 25, 1789, the session’s President read a letter from the British club, which “disdaining National partialities,” declared its approbation of France’s revolution and “the prospect it gives to the two first Kingdoms in the World of a common participation in the blessings of Civil and Religious Liberty.” By asserting the “inalienable rights of mankind,” revolution could “make the World free and happy.” The address produced a “great sensation and loud applause in the Assembly, which wrote back to London declaring it had seen the “aurora of the beautiful day” where the two nations could place aside their differences and “contract an intimate liaison by the similarity of their opinions, and by their common enthusiasm for liberty.” Within a week, growing Anglophilia inspired the founding of Paris’ own Société de la Révolution, which only in January 1790 adopted the better-known Société des amis de la Constitution, retaining the English-style nickname Club des Jacobins.