By Adrian Velicu

on the middle of the French Revolution there lay a basic paradox: the best way to unencumber the minds of the folks while concurrently making sure their loyalty to the hot regime. it's an exploration of the evidence and implications of this stress that kinds the foundation of this examine, which reconstructs the highbrow international of the Revolution. the hot radical regime attacked the outdated institutionalized kinds of Catholic worship and its varieties of guide, but retained the catechetical outlook with its dogmatic mind-set as a tremendous characteristic of political schooling. Catechisms not just conveyed info in an obtainable demeanour, additionally they published the highbrow traits of the orator. Civic catechisms shaped a tremendous a part of progressive guideline; they have been the one class of texts again and again pointed out within the nationwide meeting and in quite a few items of laws, together with schooling debts, and there have been demands a 'national catechism'.
The prestige and type of the catechisms replaced in the course of the Revolution, and this examine additionally investigates the measure of continuity of objective around the interval, in addition to the catechisms' position along different texts corresponding to speeches and accounts. an enormous contribution to the literature at the highbrow background of the French Revolution, this ebook can be of curiosity to students of rhetoric, schooling and the highbrow background of the eighteenth century, in addition to to progressive reviews in general.

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