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Robert Darnton writes this small essay and tries to decide what exactly was revolutionary about the French Revolution Just because it was a revolution does not make it revolutionary Darnton explores this idea throughout his article As Darnton develops the essay he detail three main things that he believes made the French Revolution revolutionary the involvement of such a large portion of the nation the idea of popular sovereignty and the incredible amount of death the occurred during this time period Darnton referred many times to the amount of people that were involved in the revolution Not everyone may have joined the Jacobin clubs but almost everyone participated in some manner With this involvement came a sense of comradery Darnton seemed to be amazed at this sense of comradery Referring to a speech given by A-A Lamourette in the Assembly Darnton writes They needed more fraternity Whereupon the deputies who had been at each others throats a moment earlier rose to their feet and started hugging and kissing each other as if their political divisions could be swept away in a wave of brotherly loveDarnton pg 27-28 Darnton claims that acts such as this made the French Revolution revolutionary Darnton also points at the idea of popular sovereignty that arose during the revolution as a source of proving revolutionary status He points out that during the Old Regime that is was common assumption that men were unequaland that this was a positive thing But when the revolution came around the people of the nation began to feel that all men were equal This was an amazing idea maybe not in this day and age but at that time it in itself was revolutionary Peasants began to feel that they were no less of a human being than the highest noble It took a little time for this to take place but it did The mind-set of all the people changed Darnton finds this quite
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