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Lecture 7

HUMA 1825 Lecture 7: AP HUMA Robespierre Lecture notes (NOV.26TH)


Department
Humanities
Course Code
HUMA 1825
Professor
Neil Braganza
Lecture
7

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Lecture notes.
26 November, 2018
AP/HUMA 1825
MAXIMILIEN ROBESPIERRE
1. BE IT RESOLVED THAT LOUIE 16TH IS GUITY OF HAVIING COMMITED A
MULTITUDE OF CRIMES IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH HIS TYRANNY BY DESTROYING
THE LIBERTY OF THE FRENCH PEOPLE.
Robespierre speech (how he convinces us):
Lengthy speech.
Talks about future revolution and how it can be prevented.
Listens to both sides but always focuses back to his point
States that there is no social contract in tyranny.
Claims the sovereigns blood line is tyrannical, due to the fact that he states that he has
power from inheritance.
“we stepped out of a history of oppression and a era where tyranny was at the highest
point… yet we’ve overthrew them 3 years ago, defeating them in battle and losing
combats in the process… also brings forth the point that many more will die if we don’t
put an end to it.”
Louie was already put on trial and the verdict was that he is guilty.
From now on it is equality of the people.
A social contract works only in a time of peace and not in a time of war. You must first
establish the rule of law which applies to all… until that time happen’s we are at war with
all of them.
“every country is against us. We are the first revolution of tyranny.”
To assume that the king is not as bad as we thought and forgive would be completely
dangerous. “you don’t turn your cheek to a monster who only has one mode which is to
take away your freedom”
A war of different regimes… different sources of law.
Confusion: if you think this is a civil trial rather than a political revolution than youre
supposed to presume someone innocent... if you were to do that then his total revolution
would be presumed void. If he is presumed innocent then we are guilty.
Lecture notes
1st trial: Louie the 16th is executed. The people who did vote in favour of the execution of the
king grew on to have long careers in politics. The people who voted dedicated their lives to
fight against the monarchy.
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