‘The true perfection of man’: Print, Public Opinion and the Idea of Progress

  • Caroline Franklin
Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)


The newly born republic was proclaimed on 22 September, 1792 or ‘year 1 of Liberty’. It was depicted in a popular print as a newlyspawned infant Hercules: arising from the skirts of a brawny female sans-culottes, an earthy parody of the Virgin Mary. France was already at war with the monarchies of Russia, Prussia and Austria, whose armies had initially been repulsed. The early Utopian phase of the revolution was over. Dumouriez, the victorious French commander, was solicited by the advocates of revolution in Belgium and Holland to lend them his support.1 Now the revolution was to be spread abroad.


Public Opinion French Revolution National Education Body Politic True Perfection 
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  • Caroline Franklin
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  1. 1.University of WalesSwanseaUK

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