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John Roberts

Between 1886 and 1889, writes John Roberts, an ambitious soldier, taking advantage of a “vague aspiration toward national regeneration”, seemed to come near to destroying the Republic in France.

Around the rising of the Paris Commune against the Provisional Government of France many myths have accumulated, writes John Roberts, which in varying versions have influenced all subsequent French politics.

Sometimes admired, even occasionally popular; John Roberts describes how Georges Clemenceau towered over French political life for nearly half a century.

From the Petit Journal of 23 December 1894.

John Roberts sees the Dreyfus Affair not only as the representative of the sordid politics of the Third Republic, but as a belated effect of the French Revolution.

New insights in Celtic history in Europe

John Roberts finds nationalism a better bet than the idylls of Marx for the longue duree of historical understanding.