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The French Revolution: 200 Years Later

As peaceful revolution continues to sweep through Europe and Latin America, we ought to remember that even the most just and well-intentioned political movements can take sudden and irrational-and sometimes very violent-swings.

In the second installment of its lecture series on the bicentennial of the French Revolution, the Henry Salvatori Center, in cooperation with the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, turns to consider this darker side of the greatest of all European revolutions.

On Thursday, April 26, Keith Baker, professor of history at Stanford University and one of the country's foremost scholars of 18th century French intellectual and political life, discusses the significance of the Revolution's descent into totalitarianism and terror. A PhD from University College, London, Professor Baker taught for many years at the University of Chicago before recently moving to Stanford. He is the author of, among other important works, Condorcet: From Natural Philosophy to Social Mathematics (1975) and The Political Culture of the Old Regime (1987).

Professor Baker's lecture begins at 7:00, following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. Please use the enclosed coupon to reserve your place.