The author discusses three books by Bronislaw Baczko: 'Comment sortir de la Terreur?: 'Thermidor et la Revolution' (Paris 1989), 'Job, mon ami: Promesses fatalité du bonheur et du mal' (Paris 1997) and 'Politiques de la Revolution française' (Paris 2008). He treats them as parts of a triptych on utopian ideas of the French Enlightenment and the tragic dilemmas of the Revolution. Baczko's approach is characterized by depth, precise interpretation of the sources, insight into the emotions and ways of thinking of acting individuals. The focus is on Termidor period, when France tries to recover after the trauma of Terror and end the Revolution.
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