IHR Modern French History Seminar: The Fall of Robespierre: 24 hours in Revolutionary Paris

This seminar has been organised in collaboration with the University of Warwick’s Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre.

The IHR Modern French history seminar is thrilled to gather with Colin Jones and two specialists of the French revolution to discuss Jones’ latest publication The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris (OUP 2021). The book focuses on the day of 9 Thermidor (27 July 1794), which is universally acknowledged as a major turning-point in the history of the French Revolution.

Colin Jones, author of The Fall of Robespierre (OUP, 2021), will be joined by two discussants Charles Walton (Warwick) and Mette Harder (SUNY Oneonta, NY). The session will be chaired by Munro Price (Bradford University).

All are welcome! The seminar is free but you must register in advance via the IHR site.

The book trailer here…

…followed by the full discussion and Q&A:

About the speakers:

Colin Jones is Professor Emeritus of History at Queen Mary University of London and Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books on French history. Besides The Fall of Robespierre, his most recent publications are The Smile Revolution in Eighteenth-century Paris (2017) and Versailles (2018). A volume entitled The Duchess d’Elbeuf’s Letters to a Friend, 1788-94, coedited with Alex Fairfax-Cholmeley and Simon Macdonald, is planned for publication in 2023.

Mette Harder is Associate Professor of History at SUNY Oneonta. With Jennifer Heuer, she recently co-edited Life in Revolutionary France (2020). Her research focuses on violence in and against parliamentary bodies during the French Revolution. She has published on this topic as well as on the Thermidorian leader J.-L. Tallien with French Historical Studies, AHRF, CNRS, Société des études robespierristes,and Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (SVEC). Her most recent contribution was “Habitual Terror and the Legislative Body in the Revolution” in H-France Salon 11, no. 16(Opens in new window) (2019).

Charles Walton is a Reader in History at the University of Warwick and Director of Warwick’s Early Modern and Eighteenth-century Centre. He is author of the prize-winning Policing Public Opinion in the French Revolution (Oxford, paperback 2012). As PI of a recently completed the Leverhulme International Network Grant, he has edited a special issue on social rights of French History (Dec. 2019) and co-edited, with Steven L. B. Jensen, Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in History (Cambridge, 2022).

Munro Price is Professor of Modern European History at Bradford University. His main field is modern French and European history, focusing on the French Revolution, and he is the author, among other books, of The Fall of the French Monarchy: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the Baron de Breteuil (2002), The Perilous Crown: France between Revolutions, 1814 – 1848 (2007), and Napoleon: the End of Glory (2014).


One Response

  1. Thérèse Charles-Vallin, auteur de
    – “Tallien, le mal-aimé de la Révolution” , Editions Picollec Paris 1997
    -“Thérésia/ Robespierre, la femme qui tua la Terreur”,
    Editions La Bisquine, 2019

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