Léonard Bourdon

The Career of a Revolutionary, 1754-1807

Author/Illustrator/Editor: Michael J. Sydenham

L<’e>onard Bourdon: The Career of a Revolutionary, 1754-1807 illustrates the ways in which one individual was affected by and influenced the long and turbulent course of the French Revolution. It also rescues an active, intelligent and interesting man from a prolonged period of scholarly neglect and redeems his reputation from being perceived as a particularly cruel revolutionary terrorist. Sydenham follows Bourdon’s political career from the final days of the old monarchy through Bourdon’s active participation in the Revolution. Bourdon was always aware that political development must be accompanied by educational change, and his lifelong interest in education is an integral part of his story. Bourdon left remarkably few personal papers. During the painstaking exploration for details of his life, several critical as well as unfamiliar events of the period have been illuminated, suggesting that similar misrepresentations of many other relatively unknown French revolutionaries have distorted current understanding of this period, crucial to the growth and development of modern democracy.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
DateISBNBISAC CodeThemaRights available
11/22/19999780889203198POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
FrenchHardback6 in x 9 inC$85.00445