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Maximilien Robespierre is one of the most hotly debated political figures to emerge from the French Revolution. Often hailed as a democrat and a social leveller far in advance of his time on the left, he is reviled on the right as the architect of the Terror of 1793 to 1794 and a proto-totalitarian. What made him tick?
Join Colin Jones of Queen Mary University of London as he tries to get behind the stereotypes by focussing in particular on the last days of his life, prior to his overthrow on 9 Thermidor Year II (27 July 1794).
This event is hosted by the University of York’s Department of History as part of its annual Aylmer Lecture series.
Professor Colin Jones CBE is Head of the School of History at Queen Mary University of London. He is a social and cultural historian of France whose interests focus around the 18th century. He has published widely and is the author or editor of around 20 books. His current research project focuses on the day of 9 Thermidor when Robespierre was overthrown. His first publication on the project is The Overthrow of Maximilien Robespierre and the ‘indifference’ of the People.