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L'an IX ou l'historiographie de la Révolution en débat

Abstract : Year IX (from autumn 1800 to summer 1801) was a remarkable year for the historiography of the French Revolution: many substantial histories of the Revolution were published, creating a debate that spread through prefaces and reviews. Historians and critics wanted to define under what conditions it was possible to write the history of the Revolution. Who had the authority to write it? What was its purpose? How should it be written? Beyond political divisions, those questions tended to exclude from the debate. Writers who were close to the government were supported by newspapers under observation. Readers were assigned the roles of passive spectators, motivated by passions rather than knowledge or politics. Furthermore, through the requirements of style, the writing of history was reserved to a restored literary elite.
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Olivier Ritz. L'an IX ou l'historiographie de la Révolution en débat. La Révolution française - Cahiers de l’Institut d’histoire de la Révolution française, Institut d'Histoire de la Révolution française, 2016, L'historien vivant (1789-1830). ⟨hal-01502536⟩



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