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Énergie révolutionnaire

Abstract : All the major actors of the French Revolution accentuated its dynamic quality, necessary for both the destruction of the old and the creation of the new. They conceptualised the Revolution in terms of the energy of words and acts, as pure, unstable process. However, they all also imagined institutions that might ensure this energy’s endurance: they are thereby caught up in the movement-versus-stasis paradox common to all revolutions. This paradox seems to evaporate when accounting for anonymous actors who appear on the scene for an instant only, which explains historiography’s current fascination with such actors.
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Déborah Cohen. Énergie révolutionnaire. Ecrire l'histoire, CNRS Editions, 2018, 18, pp.139-145. ⟨10.4000/elh.1462⟩. ⟨hal-02372516⟩



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