Foundations of Modern France

In the late 18th century, France saw a dramatic and bloody transition from a monarchy to a republic. The France we know today has its origins in this revolution. This collection of speeches comes from before, during, and after the fall of the French monarchy.

 On the Death of the Great Cond (1686) (Bossuet)

 On the Passion of Christ (Louis Bourdaloue)

 True and False Simplicity (François de Salignac de La Mothe-Fénelon)

 Of a Malignant Tongue (Jean Baptiste Massillon)

 Better to Die Than Not Live Free (1788) (Camille Desmoulins)

 I Necker#8217;s Financial Plan (1789) (Honoré Gabriel Riqueti)

 II on Being Accused of Treasonable Relations to the Court (1790) (Honoré Gabriel Riqueti)

 Against Majority Absolutism (1791) (Antoine Barnave)

 On the Situation in France (1792) (Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud)

 I "Dare, Dare Again, Always Dare" (1792) (George Jacques Danton)

 II on Liberty of Worship (1793) (George Jacques Danton)

 III on Taxing the Rich (1792) (George Jacques Danton)

 I Against Granting the King a Trial (1792) (Maximilien de Robespierre)

 II His Last Speech(1794) (Maximilien de Robespierre)

 In His Own Defense (1793) (Jean-Paul Marat)

 On the Situation in France (1793) (Pierre Joseph Cambon)

 Invective Against Danton (1794) (Saint Just)

 On the Heroism of the "Vengeur#8217;s" Sailors (1794) (Bertrand Barère)

 I to the Army in Italy (1796) (Napoleon Bonaparte)

 II to the Army of Italy Again (1796) (Napoleon Bonaparte)

 III Speech to the Directory (1797) (Napoleon Bonaparte)

 IV During the Egyptian Campaign (1796) (Napoleon Bonaparte)

 V on the Anniversary of Austerlitz (1806) (Napoleon Bonaparte)

 VI to His Soldiers at Fontainebleau (1814) (Napoleon Bonaparte)

 VII After the Return from Elba (1815) (Napoleon Bonaparte)

 Against Setting up an Emperor (1802) (Lazare Carnot)

 To a Deputation of Poles (1848) (Alphonse de Lamartine)

 In Defense of His Son (1851) (Victor Hugo)

 Education for the Peasantry in France (Léon Gambetta)

 France and the United States (1902) (Paul-H.-B. d’Estournelles de Constant)

 In the Debate on Socialism With Clemenceau (1906) (Jean Jaurès)

 In the Debate on Socialism With Jaurès (1906) (Georges Clemenceau)