Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorRapport, Michaelen_UK
dc.description.abstractFirst paragraph: On 15 May 1790, the Constituent Assembly opened a debate on the question as to whether the king or the legislature would have the right to make war or peace in the new Constitution. While the long-term workings of the machinery of state were at stake, there was also the dark prospect of war with Britain owing to a distant dispute between the Spanish navy and British merchantmen. The family ties of the Bourbon dynasty threatened to pull France into the chasm on the side of Spain should either she or Britain have chosen to resolve their differences through violence. It was in this atmosphere electrified with urgency that Maximilien Robespierre proposed that the National Assembly declare that the French nation had no desire to engage in any war and wanted to live in fraternity with all peoples. His intervention was the flashpoint which brought others to their feet, making similar demands. The debate thus led to the famous declaration inserted into the Constitution of 1791, that 'la nation francaise renonce a entreprendre aucune guerre dans la vue de faire des conquetes, et n'emploiera jamais ses forces contre la liberte d'aucun peuple'. On 25 December 1793, the same Robespierre addressed the National Convention on behalf of the Committee of Public Safety. In outlining the principles of revolutionary government, he denounced the intrigues of foreign governments, which had 'vomi sur la France tous les scelerats habiles qu'elles tiennent a leur solde. Leurs agens infestent encore nos armees . . . Ils deliberent dans nos administrations, dans nos assemblies sectionnaires; ils s'introduisent dans nos clubs; ils ont siege jusques dans le sanctuaire de la representation nationale; ils dirigent et dirigeront eternellement la contre-revolution sur le meme plan.'en_UK
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_UK
dc.relationRapport M (1996) Robespierre and the universal rights of man, 1789-1794. French History, 10 (3), pp. 303-333.
dc.rightsThe publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.en_UK
dc.titleRobespierre and the universal rights of man, 1789-1794en_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[303.full.pdf] The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository therefore there is an embargo on the full text of the work.en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleFrench Historyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorRapport, Michael|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
Appears in Collections:History and Politics Journal Articles

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
303.full.pdfFulltext - Published Version1.94 MBAdobe PDFUnder Permanent Embargo    Request a copy

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.