Motivating the citizen soldiers: French troops and the Revolutionary Wars 1792-1802 (Part 2, by Valentin Boulan)

Chapter One: ‘Aux armes citoyens!’ – Myth or Reality ? The formation of the Revolutionary army was a complex process, which took over a year and several enrolment campaigns to finalise. This progression can be divided into two main stages, … Continue reading

Robespierre: Tyrant, Politician or Fanatic? (Part 2, by William Miles)

The period leading up to the Terror reveals not a man who foresaw or planned the violence that was to plague France in 1794, but rather one driven by outer circumstances, reacting to events around him. The atmosphere of alarm … Continue reading

Robespierre: Tyrant, Politician or Fanatic? (Part 1, by William Miles)

The circumstances surrounding the Terror in the French Revolution have split historians over the past centuries and continue to arouse debate even in the present day. Hugh Gough, in his aptly named book The Terror in the French Revolution, has … Continue reading