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Was the Terror necessary?

Human rights or state security? The debate goes back to the French Revolution, says Charles Williams

"You should hope that this game will be over soon": a satirical cartoon depicts the Third Estate carrying the Clergy and the Nobility on its back ©Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny by Ian Davidson (Profile, £25)

In January 1789, King Louis XVI of France, on advice from his ministers but with no support from his…

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