Albert Mathiez was born to an innkeeper’s family at La Bruyère in eastern France on Jan. 10, He graduated from the École Normale in After teaching. Albert Mathiez, an Historian at War. James Friguglietti. The present great war will not only change the face of the world in which we live. It will also transform our. Albert Mathiez, his pupil in method, and for the last twenty years the antagonist of his point of view, was struck down by apoplexy in the middle of a lecture on

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None has advanced science so far. Mathieez is significant that it was during the First World War that Mathiez understood the economic necessities for conducting a great national war and the requirement of a controlled economy; he then wrote the studies that formed, inThe High Cost of Living and the Social Movement during the Terror.

Mathiez argued that these cults were profoundly related to the Revolutionaries’ views of the role of religion in society. He showed mathuez fair regarding Robespierre during the crisis of the summer of ; he no longer understood him starting with the great trials of the spring of This primary influence remained inerasable: In a series of articles and books— Robespierre Studies 2 vols.

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Mathiez was active in the Communist Party from to Tracing its conceptual origins back albetr the philosophical discourses of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and, somewhat wlbert plausibly, the metaphysical system of Baruch Spinoza, the author argues this bygone historical alberr still has nathiez to teach the present.

These concerns imposed themselves with all the more force because socialism, in the form given it by Marx, rests on a concept whose vigor exercised a strong intellectual attraction, by which we mean, in the ideological field of the period, historical materialism or, more broadly, the economic interpretation of history.

A happier consequence was that historians now took the popular masses into consideration who they had heretofore ranked behind the bourgeoisie within the Third Estate, and began to more closely study the conditions of their existence and the motives that set them in movement from to the Year III. Robespierre and the Jacobins were ultimately overthrown by the bourgeoisieMathiez argued, once their property rights were threatened. A work of science, it teaches us the demands of erudition, the imperatives of method, the need for critical reflection.


Naturally their disagreement essentially concerns Danton and Robespierre.

Albert Mathiez

The best of his spirit lives in me, even when I contradict him. Over and above such heady algert, then, the historical analogy he offers in his article may be scrutinized to see if it is apt.

An arrival point and a departure point: More daringly in time: This same approach has been applied by several of his students to the study of the popular urban masses.

Perhaps this is too literal, though, reading too much into too little. Views Read Edit View history. At the turn of the century some were not far from considering mathidz economic policies of the Committee of Public Safety as a preliminary outline of collectivism.

And having palliated the faults and crimes of the guilty he demonstrated a mathiwz excessive severity towards those who meted out justice. The end of the nineteenth century nevertheless saw the acceleration of the progress of the capitalist economy, and its domain little by little extend until it dominated every continent.

He showed high mafhiez as a young student, with a strong interest in history. Retrieved from ” https: He continued this narrative in a much more detailed manner in The Thermidorian Reaction and The Directorate And not just Russian and French society but of society in general. Antagonisms were quickly manifested between the various bourgeois categories and between the bourgeoisie and the popular masses, accounting for the complexity of revolutionary history and the progression of its various stages.

An act of faith, it still inspires enthusiasm and strengthens liberating convictions.

Facts like these could not but have an effect on Revolutionary historiography. From the beginning, this interpretation alone, through its scholarly demands and critical reflection, established itself as truly scientific: Consequently, a revisionist line confronts the classical social interpretation. Erudite investigation and critical reflection can then arrive at putting the work in question.

As for Albert Mathiez: However, by he was attacked by Stalinist historians who condemned Mathiez and also “Jacobinism” as adversaries of the proletarian revolution. Finally, as religious and educational questions held the first place in the struggle among the parties from to and beyond, the religious history of the Revolution and the origins of secularism interested Aulard every bit as much as those of political history properly speaking. That dry-hearted generation was no longer capable of understanding the great men of the Revolution, who were so different from them.


But thrown into the liberal combat against reaction and strong in their bourgeois consciousness, the historians insisted on the class character of the Revolution.

Mathiez came from a peasant family in Eastern France. They are animated by the same spirit. In these articles and books Mathiez demonstrated his mastery of critical history, illuminating with his forceful imagination the new evidence he had found in the archives.

His views on Robespierre proved controversial, even among other left-wing historians, but Mathiez defended them energetically. Arrival point, departure point: A lesson in civismeit teaches us patriotism in the literal sense of the term, as a virtue according to Rousseau and Robespierre. Content on this page may not be copied, republished or redistributed without the express permission of Alpha History. The French Revolution has often been presented as the crowning achievement of the century of the Enlightenment and thus essentially as an ideological act.

While continuing his previous studies, in particular on Danton, Mathiez oriented himself towards a new sector for him, that of the economic and social history of the Revolution.

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Aulard counted himself among the ranks of the republican bourgeoisie. He studied under Albfrtwhose scientific method he adopted, although it led him to different conclusions. One of the consequences of this evolution was unquestionably the accentuating of class oppositions and their growing magnitude and clarity.

Copyright The Columbia University Press. He argued that pitted the bourgeoisie against the aristocracy, and then the Revolution pitted the bourgeoisie against the sans-culottes, alnert were a proletariat-in-the-making.