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L'UTOPIE RÉVOLUTIONNAIRE DANS LES COURS DU COLLÈGE DE FRANCE

NICOLE ROGER-TAILLADE
Revue des études slaves
Vol. 61, No. 1/2, LES SLAVES ET LA RÉVOLUTION FRANÇAISE (1989), pp. 41-56
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43493388
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Abstract

The 1845 course of lectures delivered by E. Quinet on Christianity and the French Revolution, those by Michelet in 1845 on « The spirit of the Revolution », and in 1847 on « Mirabeau and the spirit of the Revolution », may to some extent be taken as a tribute paid to Mickiewicz. The latter, throughout his work, passes a contradictory judgment on the French Revolution, condemning the despotism of the Convention, but granting the revolutionary process as a whole — followed up by the Napoleonian myth — a meaning both « utopian » and messianic. The testimony, still largely unpublished, of A. Dumesnil, Michelet's son-in-law, who regularly attended the Collège de France lectures, reveals that at least part of the audience was able to penetrate deep into the thought of the « ambassador of the future » that Mickiewicz was, and that there existed a real harmony between the three professors -Michelet having devoted a lecture on the subject of Napoleon as early as 1840 - united together in the Utopian dream generated by the Revolution.

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