Babeuf : a Communist in a non-Communist conspiracy

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Esther Sue Kanipe (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: On May 4, 1796, a detachment of soldiers from the guard of the Directory entered the home of Tissot, a tailor, and arrested those present for conspiracy to overthrow the French Government. One of these men was Philippe Buonarroti, an Italian nobleman turned ardent revolutionary, and it was he who wrote the only eyewitness account of the Conspiracy of Equals and the martyrdom of Gracchus Babeuf. Babeuf's career and the doctrine attached to his name—Babouvism—furnished inspiration and example to succeeding generations of revolutionaries, but a careful examination of Babeuf the man and Babeuf the idol will reveal certain inconsistencies between the fact and the legend. The key to these inconsistencies is Buonarroti.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1967

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