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Title: Popular justice or why were there no sans-culottes in America?

Creator:

Dobrowolski, Paweł T. (1954- )

Date issued/created:

2017

Resource Type:

Article : original article

Subtitle:

Kwartalnik Historyczny, Vol. 124 (2017) English-Language Edition No. 1

Contributor:

Kijak, Anna. Tr. ; Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences ; Polish Historical Society

Publisher:

Instytut Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Place of publishing:

Warsaw

Description:

p. 39-77

Abstract:

The article applies a comparative perspective to assess the onset of the two ‘successful’ eighteen-century revolutions – the American and the French. The Boston events of March 1770 are compared with those of Paris in July 1789: in both cases ‘the people’ faced the soldiers, riots and politically generated violence led to bloodshed, but the subsequent actions of the insurgents showed a marked difference in understanding the sense of justice and the ways of promoting revolutionary discourse. Boston patriots relied on the English-based system of common law, were ready to condemn their own radicals and did not wish plebeian justice to prevail. They hoped for a perestroika, not for a revolution. The French – finding no culprits to condemn, and having as of yet no legal institutions of their own to use – were willing to disregard the legal continuity of the state and to search for more radical solutions.

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Relation:

Kwartalnik Historyczny

Volume:

124

Issue:

Eng.-Lang. Ed. 1

Start page:

39

End page:

77

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application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:64056 ; 0023-5903 ; 10.12775/KH.2017.124.SI.1.02

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