The Grub Street Style of Revolution: J.-P. Brissot, Police Spy

  title={The Grub Street Style of Revolution: J.-P. Brissot, Police Spy},
  author={Robert C. Darnton},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={302 - 327}
  • R. Darnton
  • Published 1 September 1968
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
Brissot's life seems a parable of his time: as one authority put it, "II est, des sa jeunesse, l'image complete de toutes les aspirations d'une generation."' This picture of the complete prerevolutionary man comes from Brissot's memoirs, where he appears steeping himself in Rousseau; publishing denunciations of decrepit institutions; forming secret revolutionary cabals; comparing insurrections with radicals of Geneva, the Low Countries, England, and the United States; reading; writing; plotting… 

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