Michelet, History of the French Revolution
Jules Michelet was a French historian. In his 1855 work, Histoire de France (History of France), he was the first historian to use and define the word Renaissance (‘Re-birth’ in French), as a period in Europe’s cultural history that represented a drastic break from the Middle Ages (which he loathed), creating a modern understanding of humanity and its place in the world. His aphoristic style emphasized his anti-clerical republicanism.
The Revolution, according to Jules Michelet (1798-1874), is the “tardy advent of Eternal Justice” against the tyranny of the monarchy. It is personified by the People, whose joy and misery Michelet evokes in every page of this “romantic history” of unprecedented social upheaval.
Historian François Furet wrote that his History of the French Revolution (1847) remains “the cornerstone of all revolutionary historiography and is also a literary monument”. His aphoristic style emphasized his anti-clerical republicanism.
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