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Wednesday, 10 October 2007


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One thing I learned from Schama's "Citizens" was that the belief that the French Revolutionary regime started off just defending itself from attack by Monarchies is plain wrong. It was their aggressive, expansionist warfare, accompanied by slaughter of prisoners and the like, that inspired the monarchies to fight them.

"accompanied by slaughter of prisoners and the like"

...and what's wrong with that?

Absolutely, 'DM', a classic example of a shaky regime attacking neighbours in order to cement its own domestic power. See: Middle East, passim!

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