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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Committee Member

Gregory Brown

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The central purpose of this thesis is to use Gabriel Bouquier and Michel Lepeletier as a means to investigate the greater educational debate in the radical republic of the French Revolution. I use the oppositional definition of public education in the writing of Bouquier and Lepeletier as a window into the character of Jacobinism as the height of the radical republic. Through this exploration, I revise the historiography on Bouquier by viewing him as an example of sans-culotte influence instead of a compromise with the liberal elements in the National Convention. Consequently, I revise the historiography of Lepeletier by interpreting his educational plan and its passage in the National Convention in terms of political culture and not ideology. This revision views Bouquier as a primary example of educational ideology in the radical republic and Lepeletier as example of its political culture. This changes our understanding of the context of events in the radical republic and the nature of the culture of Jacobinism. Finally, I situate the fervent anti-elitism in the writing of Bouquier within the National Convention as part of a greater trend in the French Revolution and part of the new trend of anti-intellectualism in democratic culture.


Bouquier; Culottes; Education; France; Gabriel; Height; Power; Revolutionary

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Bouquier, Gabriel,$d1739-1810; Lepeletier de Saint Fargeau, Michel,$d1760-1793; Revolution (France : 1789-1799); 1789-1799; France; History; Europe

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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