Sunday, July 14, 2013

It gets so late, some nights

Last night, on the eve of the 4th anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, Marat was assassinated and promptly commemorated by his friend, David. It precipitated the placement of the Terror on the a-genda of the fledgling Convention, Jacobins supporting it against domestic enemies and the Girondins invoking it against hostile for-eign powers. Phrases like, you're with us or you're against us, history is over, we will not await attack poured fast throughout the capital, indignant organs of media churning them, the Law of Suspects sailing through the Convention two days later, 220 years ago. 

The Furies:
  Violence and Terror
  in the French and Russian
Princeton University Press, 2000©

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