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dc.contributor.authorSteinberg, Ronen
dc.description.abstractThe Afterlives of the Terror explores how those who experienced the mass violence of the French Revolution struggled to come to terms with it. Focusing on the Reign of Terror, Ronen Steinberg challenges the presumption that its aftermath was characterized by silence and enforced collective amnesia. Instead, he shows that there were painful, complex, and sometimes surprisingly honest debates about how to deal with its legacies. As The Afterlives of the Terror shows, revolutionary leaders, victims' families, and ordinary citizens argued about accountability, retribution, redress, and commemoration. Drawing on the concept of transitional justice and the scholarship on the major traumas of the twentieth century, Steinberg explores how the French tried, but ultimately failed, to leave this difficult past behind. He argues that it was the same democratizing, radicalizing dynamic that led to the violence of the Terror, which also gave rise to an unprecedented interrogation of how society is affected by events of enormous brutality. In this sense, the modern question of what to do with difficult pasts is one of the unanticipated consequences of the eighteenth century's age of democratic revolutions. Thanks to generous funding from Michigan State University and its participation in TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access (OA) volumes, available on the Cornell University Press website and other Open Access repositories.
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.otherFrench Revolution, Mass Violence, Transitional Justice, Trauma Studies, Memory
dc.subject.otherthema EDItEUR::N History and Archaeology::NH History::NHT History: specific events and topics::NHTV Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions
dc.subject.otherthema EDItEUR::1 Place qualifiers::1D Europe::1DD Western Europe::1DDF France
dc.subject.otherthema EDItEUR::3 Time period qualifiers::3M c 1500 onwards to present day::3ML 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799::3MLB Early 18th century c 1700 to c 1750::3MLBA c 1700 to c 1709
dc.titleThe Afterlives of the Terror
dc.title.alternativeFacing the Legacies of Mass Violence in Postrevolutionary France
oapen.relation.isFundedByMichigan State University
oapen.collectionToward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)
oapen.imprintCornell University Press

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