Liberty in Times of Crisis: Madame de Stael and Others on the French Revolution


Through readings from Madame de Stael, Hippolyte Taine, and Helen Maria Williams, conferees considered how liberty, authority, and justice interact in times of institutional crisis and radical power shifts.


Conference Readings

de Staël, Germaine. Major Writings of Germaine de Staël. New York: Columbia University Press, 1987.

Staël, Germaine de. Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution. Edited by Aurelian Craiutu. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2008.

Taine, Hippolyte. The French Revolution. Translated by John Durand. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Williams, Helen Maria. An Eye-Witness Account of the French Revolution: Letters Containing a Sketch of the Politics of France. Edited by Jack Fruchtman. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1997.