Degree Year

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Advisor(s)

Leonard V. Smith

Committee Member(s)

Ellen Wurtzel
Matthew Senior

Keywords

French Revolution, King's flight to Varennes, Antiquity, Classicism, Press history, Republicanism, France, 18th century

Abstract

Historians have long assumed that French Revolutionaries invoked Antiquity as a model to imitate. Two major rival schools, the "Marxist" and the "Revisionist", base their interpretation of the Revolution in part on this assumption, but few have investigated it. This study examines the significance of classical references made by one journal, the Révolutions de Paris, in the aftermath of the king's flight and concludes that in this case, revolutionaries did not invoke Antiquity to imitate it, but to give legitimacy to the burgeoning republican movement.

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