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On Their Tiptoes: Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French Revolution, circa 1792–1793

On Their Tiptoes: Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French... On Their Tiptoes Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French Revolution, circa 1792–1793 MATTHEW R AINBOW HALE In his 1937 magnum opus, The Historical Novel, Hungarian literary critic Georg Luka ´cs suggested that new ideas about history—and implicitly, about time itself—laid the foundation for the development of the historical novel. According to Luka ´cs, ‘‘the quick succession of . . . upheavals’’ associated with ‘‘the French Revolution, the revolutionary wars and the rise and fall of Napoleon . . . for the first time made history a mass experience.’’ Whereas individuals during the Enlightenment viewed ‘‘Progress ...asan essentially unhistorical struggle between humanist reason and feudal-absolutist unreason,’’ the succeeding generations came to think of time in terms of ‘‘the inner conflict of social forces,’’ so that ‘‘history itself is the bearer and realizer of progress.’’ Luka ´cs wrote from a Marxist perspective and was therefore deeply concerned with showing the diverse ways in which writers in the post-Napoleonic era addressed the question of ‘‘how modern bourgeois society arose out of the class Matthew Rainbow Hale is an assistant professor of history at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He thanks the participants in a 2007 SHEAR panel http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

On Their Tiptoes: Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French Revolution, circa 1792–1793

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 29 (2) – Apr 19, 2009

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Abstract

On Their Tiptoes Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French Revolution, circa 1792–1793 MATTHEW R AINBOW HALE In his 1937 magnum opus, The Historical Novel, Hungarian literary critic Georg Luka ´cs suggested that new ideas about history—and implicitly, about time itself—laid the foundation for the development of the historical novel. According to Luka ´cs, ‘‘the quick succession of . . . upheavals’’ associated with ‘‘the French Revolution, the revolutionary wars and the rise and fall of Napoleon . . . for the first time made history a mass experience.’’ Whereas individuals during the Enlightenment viewed ‘‘Progress ...asan essentially unhistorical struggle between humanist reason and feudal-absolutist unreason,’’ the succeeding generations came to think of time in terms of ‘‘the inner conflict of social forces,’’ so that ‘‘history itself is the bearer and realizer of progress.’’ Luka ´cs wrote from a Marxist perspective and was therefore deeply concerned with showing the diverse ways in which writers in the post-Napoleonic era addressed the question of ‘‘how modern bourgeois society arose out of the class Matthew Rainbow Hale is an assistant professor of history at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He thanks the participants in a 2007 SHEAR panel

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Apr 19, 2009

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