History buffs revisited France in 1793 during a special program that we hosted earlier this month at the Concord Township Community Center.
In 1793, the French Revolution – which had started as a fight for human rights and justice – descended into a nightmare. Our local historian, Dr. John Foster, discussed how a fight for Enlightenment and democracy became a civil war in which former friends and allies turned on each other with terrifying consequences.
He also explained how The Terror has modern implications in how we approach political disagreements.
By the way, here are some of the books that Foster references during his talk:
- Albert Mathiez, La Revolution Francaise
- Lynn Hunt, Politics, Culture & Class in the French Revolution
- Jeremy Popkins, A New World Begins
- Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
This talk is a sequel to a program Foster led earlier this year on the origin of the French Revolution. You can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, US Presidents of the 20th Century, and the Revolutionary War at our library.