Re: CHAT: Bastille day [was Re: Le Jour de la Prise de la Bastille]
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 15, 2004, 21:24|
En réponse à John Cowan :
>Well, nothing like the French Revolution has ever happened anywhere in
>the anglophone world. Its nearest analogues are the American Revolution,
>the English Civil War, and the English Glorious Revolution. All of these
>(with the partial exception of the Civil War) represent preemptive strikes
>against potential tyranny rather than the unseating of a tyranny actually
>in place. The fall of the Bastille symbolizes primarily the destruction of
>tyranny through the physical destruction of one of its most hated symbols.
Which is why it is viewed as a happy event even though it went very wrong
>The fact that Louis XV's rule represented a considerable moderation of
>what comes before it affected the timing of the French Revolution, but not
>its symbolic impact.
Louis the XVI you mean :) . While he was indeed quite moderated compared to
his predecessors, he was not ready to give up a single bit of his power,
which is why we got rid of him rather than create a constitutional monarchy
(the fact that the nobility and the clergy always voted against the
Tiers-Etat during the Etats Généraux didn't help either :) ).
Hi everyone! If you wondered where I'd gone, it's just that for a few days
I didn't receive any post from the mailing list. I still followed it
through the archive, while trying to find out what went wrong (I tried
mailing the listerv itself, but received no reply either), when suddenly I
received all the posts written since Monday as one big lump (with the posts
in complete disorder, and with the replies from the listserv). I still
don't know what happened but John is looking at it :) .
Anyway, I'm back! :)
You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.