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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 1792­1793 M AT T H E W R A I N B O W H A L E In his 1937 magnum opus, The Historical Novel, Hungarian ´ literary critic Georg Lukacs suggested that new ideas about history--and implicitly, about time itself--laid the foundation for the development of ´ the historical novel. According to Lukacs, ``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 . . . as an 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.'' Lukacs 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 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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On Their Tiptoes Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French Revolution, circa 1792­1793 M AT T H E W R A I N B O W H A L E In his 1937 magnum opus, The Historical Novel, Hungarian ´ literary critic Georg Lukacs suggested that new ideas about history--and implicitly, about time itself--laid the foundation for the development of ´ the historical novel. According to Lukacs, ``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 . . . as an 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.'' Lukacs 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

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Published: Apr 19, 2009

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