Constructing a political identity in the French Revolution: the case of L.A. Saint-Just

Linton, Marisa (2010) Constructing a political identity in the French Revolution: the case of L.A. Saint-Just. In: History Research Seminar; 10 Feb 2010, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Submitted)

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Saint-Just was one of the best known of the French revolutionaries. He was a leading Jacobin and worked closely with Robespierre. He was also one of the most radical of the revolutionary leaders. His identity is iconic and provoked strong views throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century and indeed up to the present day. His admirers see him as a heroic figure, his detractors as the ‘angel of death’. His character, motivation and political views are still very controversial. This paper unpicks some of the mythologizing of Saint-Just, to look at how he himself contributed to the fashioning of his political identity during his lifetime. It focuses in particular on how he set out to portray himself as a ‘man of virtue’, and how he enlisted images of heroes from Greek and Roman antiquity as one of the ways in which he gave himself a political voice. This paper is part of a full-length study which examines the relationship between Jacobin ideologies and the practice of politics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Event Title: History Research Seminar
Research Area: History
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Depositing User: Susan Miles
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2011 11:18
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2011 11:18

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