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The School of the French Revolution: A Documentary History of the College of Louis-le-Grand and its Director, Jean-Francois Champagne, 1762-1814

The School of the French Revolution: A Documentary History of the College of Louis-le-Grand and its Director, Jean-Francois Champagne, 1762-1814

Edited and Translated by R. R. PALMER
Copyright Date: 1975
Pages: 309
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    The School of the French Revolution: A Documentary History of the College of Louis-le-Grand and its Director, Jean-Francois Champagne, 1762-1814
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    The College of Louis-le-Grand, now the premierlycéeof France, is the only school with a connected history of education from theancien régimeto modern times. It was the only school never to close during the French Revolution, and its experience offers a new perspective on the fate of educational institutions in times of revolutionary change. In this book a noted historian describes the French college of theancien régimeand tells how it withstood crises of dissolution and reconstruction, dispersion of teachers and students, academic radicalism, loss of endowments, war, inflation, and political terror, to emerge in 1808 as a key element in Napoleon's Imperial University.

    R. R. Palmer's introduction illuminates the original documents, which are here translated for the first time. These documents supply valuable insight not only into the school's history, but also into the origins of the modern French educational system. From them emerges a portrait of the school's remarkable director, Jean-François Champagne, who guided his institution through the calamitous years of the Revolution.

    Originally published in 1975.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-7063-9
    Subjects: Education

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Acknowledgments
    (pp. v-vi)
    R. R. P.
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-1)
  4. Illustrations
    (pp. 2-8)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 9-40)

    This book is about a single institution and one man who was its head. The institution is the College of Louis-le-Grand, long considered the leading lycée of France, which still stands in the Rue Saint-Jacques, in the heart of the Latin Quarter, across the street from the Sorbonne. Most of what we see today dates from the end of the nineteenth century, as does the visible Sorbonne itself, but some of its buildings and courtyards are older, and were the scene of events described in the following pages. The man in question is Jean-François Champagne, who as a schoolman or...

    (pp. 41-234)

    Louis, by the grace of God king of France and Navarre….

    Our attention to all that concerns the education and instruction of our subjects, especially those whose means do not allow them to enjoy the same advantages as others, has persuaded us that nothing would be more useful than to combine in the same College [Louis-le-Grand] all those scholarship endowments in various colleges of our good city of Paris in which the disappearance of income has long since brought an end to public instruction. By enabling the scholars of the said colleges to profit from the public exercises at Louis-le-Grand,...

    (pp. 235-292)

    Hardly was it realized by the French that they were in the midst of a revolution when a great many people began to submit plans to the Constituent Assembly for the reform of education. Many of these plans came from teachers in the schools. One such as Audrein’s (Item 17 above), written in 1790 and published in 1791. Another was drawn up by J. F. Champagne and his two colleagues and friends, the brothers Gueroult. It was never published, but was presented on the floor of the Assembly on October 22, 1790.

    The fact that the manuscript is in Champagne’s...

  8. Bibliographical Note
    (pp. 293-296)
  9. References
    (pp. 297-299)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 300-301)