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Gendron, François

Works: 3 works in 42 publications in 3 languages and 760 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other
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Most widely held works by François Gendron
Dictionnaire historique de la Révolution française by Albert Soboul( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Comprend des notices biographiques, des monographies, des articles consacrés à l'histoire des pays, des villes, des événements, des réalisations et des projets et aussi à l'histoire des idées, à l'étude de grands thèmes, à de grandes synthèses."
La jeunesse dorée : épisodes de la Révolution française by François Gendron( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in French and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gilded youth of Thermidor by François Gendron( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In this historical account of the Thermidorian Reaction following the fall of Robespierre in July of 1794, Francois Gendron describes how the sans-culottes - the lower-class radicals who had been the mainspring and vanguard of the French Revolution - were crushed, and analyses the role played by the jeunesse doree in their defeat. The jeunesse doree, or "gilded youth," were a parallel militia recruited from the ranks of minor officials and small shopkeepers. They formed a distinctive subculture, defined by age and social origin, with their own forms of extravagant dress, their own anthem, their own affectations of speech, their own regular meeting-places in the cafes of the Palais-Royal, and even their own passwords, which were usually indirect references to Louis XVII. Gendron sees them as the shock-troops of the Thermidorian Convention, encouraged and sometimes employed by its Committee of General Security to force the pace of the reaction against the "terrorists," the sans-culottes. This provocation led to the uprisings of Germinal and Prairial and the consequent eviction of the sans-culottes from the political arena. Gendron highlights the ways in which the jeunesse doree - although initially used as a means to counteract the revolts of the sans-culottes - were to become one of the driving forces of the reaction, carrying the Convention well beyond its political aims
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Audience level: 0.80 (from 0.10 for The gilded ... to 0.82 for La jeuness ...)

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The gilded youth of Thermidor