Sylvain Maréchal, The Godless Man


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The first book by the great French radical historian Maurice Dommanget (1888–1976) to be translated into English, this book is an engaging, sympathetic telling of the life and works of Sylvain Maréchal (1750–1803), an unjustly forgotten figure of the French Revolutionary era. Maréchal was not only a militant atheist and opponent of royalty, but, as the author of the Manifesto of the Equals he laid the groundwork for modern communism.

With an introduction by Jean-Numa Ducange.

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Maurice Dommanget (1888–1976) was a schoolteacher, union activist, and independent socialist and scholar of French radical history. He was the author of many books and articles, including histories of the red flag, of the French Revolution in his native region, the Oise, and several volumes on Auguste Blanqui.

Mitchell Abidor is a Brooklyn-born writer and translator. He has published over a dozen books, largely focusing on French radical history, including A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès and Victor Serge's Notebooks, 1936–1947. His writings have appeared in publications in the United States, France, Brazil, and Germany.


Part 1 Before the Revolution

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Part 2 During the French Revolution

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Part 3 After the Revolution

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16


The Godless Man will appeal to readers interested in the history of the French left, in the history of communism, in the French Revolution, as well as those interested in the history of modern atheism.
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