Babeuf sentence example

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  • His father, Claude Babeuf, had deserted the French army in 1738 and taken service under Maria Theresa, rising, it is said, to the rank of major.
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  • The hardships endured by Babeuf during early years do much to explain his later opinions.
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  • On the eve of the Revolution Babeuf was in the employ of a land surveyor at Roye.
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  • The court of cassation quashed the sentence, through defect of form, but sent Babeuf for a new trial before the Aisne tribunal, by which he was acquitted on the 18th of July.
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  • Babeuf now returned to Paris, and on the 3rd of September 1794 published the first number of his Journal de la liberte de la presse, the title of which was altered on the 5th of October to Le Tribun du peuple.
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  • The execution of Robespierre on the 28th of July had ended the Terror, and Babeuf - now self-styled "Gracchus" Babeuf - defended the men of Thermidor and attacked the fallen terrorists with his usual violence.
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  • This was an attitude which had few supporters, even in the Jacobin club, and in October Babeuf was arrested and sent to prison at Arras.
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  • But for the appalling economic conditions produced by the fall in the value of assignats, Babeuf might have shared the fate of other agitators who were whipped into obscurity.
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  • It was the attempts of the Directory to deal with this economic crisis that gave Babeuf his real historic importance.
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  • The universal misery gave point to the virulent attacks of Babeuf on the existing order, and at last gained him a hearing.
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  • Moreover the mass of the ouvriers, even of extreme views, were repelled by Babeuf's bloodthirstiness; and the police agents reported that his agitation was making many converts - for the government.
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  • The Jacobin club of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine refused to admit Babeuf and Lebois, on the ground that they were "egorgeurs."
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  • With the development of the economic crisis, however, Babeuf's influence increased.
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  • The trial of Babeuf and his accomplices was fixed to take place before the newly constituted high court of justice at Vendome.
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  • The trial of Babeuf and the others, begun at Vendome on the 10th of February 1797, lasted two months.
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  • On Prairial 7 (26th of April 1797) Babeuf and Darthe were condemned to death; some of the prisoners, including Buonarroti, were exiled; the rest, including Vadier and his fellow-conventionals, were acquitted.
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  • Babeuf and Darthe were executed at Vendome on Prairial 8 (1797).
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  • Babeuf's character has perhaps been sufficiently indicated above.
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  • But these socialist demands were premature; the attack of the camp of Grenelle upon constitutional order ended merely in the arrest and guillotining of Babeuf (September 9, 1796May 25, 1797).
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  • A cry went up that national bankruptcy had been declared, and thousands of the lower class of ouvrier began the rally to Babeuf's flag.
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  • Babeuf's song Mourant de faim, mourant de froid (Dying of hunger, dying of cold), set to a popular air, began to be sung in the cafes, with immense applause; and reports were current that the disaffected troops in the camp of Grenelle were ready to join an emeute against the government.
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  • The Directory thought it time to act; the bureau central had accumulated through its agents, notably the ex-captain Georges Grisel, who had been initiated into Babeuf's society, complete evidence of a conspiracy for an armed rising fixed for Floreal 22, year IV.
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  • The government for reasons of their own made the socialist Babeuf the leader of the conspiracy, though more important people than he were implicated; and his own vanity played admirably into their hands.
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