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The Abbe Gregoire and the French RevolutionThe Making of Modern Universalism$
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Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241800

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241800.001.0001

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Overcoming the Terror, Rebuilding the Empire

Overcoming the Terror, Rebuilding the Empire

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(p.137) Chapter 6 Overcoming the Terror, Rebuilding the Empire
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The Abbe Gregoire and the French Revolution
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Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241800.003.0007

This chapter explains that since regeneration had come to mean a complete repudiation of the past to many revolutionaries, Henri Grégoire found himself struggling to portray the national agenda differently: as a cleansing of corrupted traditions, a connecting of the best of the past with that of the present. Grégoire's new vision of regeneration was not a radical reconceptualization; after all, the root of the word was regeneration, creating something again. Even as he lessened his parliamentary involvement during the Thermidorian Convention and the Directory, Grégoire remained enormously busy in other spheres. In his efforts to root innovation in a usable past and thus avoid the mistakes of the Terror, he looked particularly in three directions: creating a science of society, reestablishing a republican Church, and reorienting the French colonial system. His efforts would help refound republicanism, while ensuring the future of imperialism of France.

Keywords:   regeneration, Henri Grégoire, Thermidorian Convention, Directory, Terror, Church, republicanism, imperialism, France

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