Regicide and Revolution: Speeches at the Trial of Louis XVI (Paperback)

Regicide and Revolution: Speeches at the Trial of Louis XVI By Michael Walzer (Editor), Marian Rothstein (Translator) Cover Image

Regicide and Revolution: Speeches at the Trial of Louis XVI (Paperback)

By Michael Walzer (Editor), Marian Rothstein (Translator)

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Maintaining that the trial and public execution of Louis XVI was an absolutely essential part of the French Revolution, Walzer discusses two types of regicide: the first, committed by would-be kings or their agents, left the monarchy's mystique and divine right intact, while the second was a revolutionary act intended to destroy it completely.

Walzer defends the trial and execution of Louis XVI as necessary, since it not only tried to destroy the monarchy's mystique and divine right, but also required the deputies to fully explain their guiding philosophies and applied the rules of judicial process to establish equality before the law.

New to this edition is an appendix containing "Revolutionary Justice," Ferenc Feher's classic rebuttal to Walzer's thesis, and Walzer's response, "The King's Trial and the Political Culture of the Revolution."

Michael Walzer is a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. His other books include Just and Unjust Wars and Exodus and Revolution.
Product Details ISBN: 9780231082594
ISBN-10: 0231082592
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: March 25th, 1993
Pages: 272
Language: English