The Abbe Gregoire and the French Revolution
The Making of Modern Universalism
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Praise For The Abbe Gregoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism…
— London Review of Books
“In this superb intellectual biography of the first priest enshrined in the Pantheon . . . Sepinwall focuses on the ambiguous legacy of the abbe Henri Gregoire’s lifelong involvement in efforts to integrate what would today be called 'minorities' and 'underprivileged groups' into a universalistic vision of the French nation.”
— American Historical Review
“This is a first-rate study of a gifted but flawed individual whose vision for the future never became a reality. Recommended.”
“Very few leaders played as prominent role in the French Revolution as the Abbé Henri Grégoire. . . . Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall’s first-rate intellectual biography explains the contradictions and contexts that have made Grégoire’s ideas worth arguing about for over 200 years. . . . This is a book for all serious students of the French Revolution.”
— H-France Review of Books
"Sepinwall’s thoughtful and ambitious biography has given us ample reason to understand this man 'as agent, as window, and as symbol' of universalism and the Revolution’s legacy."
— Journal of Modern History
"Sepinwall's illuminating study provides the best-researched and most comprehensive account of his [Gregoire's] stance toward the Jews now available in any language."
— Jewish History
“Alyssa Sepinwall's biography of the Abbe Gregoire makes an important contribution to French Revolution historiography and not just because of Gregoire 's extraordinary career. At the heart of her study is an intellectual, even moral, dilemma that has marked not only the evolution of the modern French state but also that of every heterogeneous society: the place of diversity and multiculturalism in national identity.”
— Catholic Historical Review
"Add[s] much to both historical narratives and to contemporary conversations."
— Jewish Quarterly Review
“Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall has written a fascinating book from which both scholars and students can gain insights on how the interaction of ideas in eighteenth-century France influenced the thinking of one individual and how these same ideas shaped the outcome of the French Revolution.”
— Libraries & the Cultural Record
“An excellent biography . . . [filled with] masterful analysis.”
“Sepinwall’s scholarly work is riveting and always interesting as it sheds light not only on an important period of Jewish history, but on the present age of globalization as well.”
— New Jersey Jewish News
“The book conveys the author’s enthusiasm for her subject and provides a most exciting insight into the issues French Jews faced at a crucial period of time in our history."
— San Diego Jewish Times
“Superb biography, which is likely to become the classic scholarly study in English on Grégoire.”
— Nineteenth Century French Studies
“Sepinwall has intelligently used Grégoire as a vehicle to ask important questions about modern French society: how can the universal ideals of equality espoused by the French Revolution be reconciled with cultural and religious differences? How can the power of religious belief be reconciled with a secular state which is regarded as essential for the preservation of republican values? . . . We should be grateful to her for using Grégoire as a way into discussing some fundamental problems of French society, and at the same time for linking them with the ideas of the French Revolution.”
— European Legacy
“Challenge[s] previous narratives of the Haitian Revolution. . . . Sepinwall explores [the contradictions of Grégoire’s life] with critical acumen and massive archival research. . . . [providing] new and thought-provoking insights.”
— Journal of Haitian Studies
“Sepinwall's thoroughly researched and clearly written intellectual and political biography . . . is sure to remain authoritative for many years to come."
— French Studies
University of California Press, 9780520241800, 354pp.
Publication Date: March 28, 2005