The Oxford History of the French Revolution

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OUP Oxford, Nov 28, 2002 - History - 496 pages
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This new edition of the most authoritative, comprehensive history of the French Revolution of 1789 draws on a generation of extensive research and scholarly debate to reappraise the most famous of all revolutions. Updates for this second edition include a generous chronology of events, plus an extended bibliographical essay providing an examination of the historiography of the Revolution. Opening with the accession of Louis XVI in 1774, the book traces the history of France through revolution, terror, and counter-revolution, to the triumph of Napoleon in 1802, and analyses the impact of events both in France itself and the rest of Europe. William Doyle shows how a movement which began with optimism and general enthusiasm soon became a tragedy, not only for the ruling orders, but for the millions of ordinary people all over Europe whose lives were disrupted by religious upheaval, and civil and international war. It was they who paid the price for the destruction of the old political order and the struggle to establish a new one, based on the ideals of liberty and revolution, in the face of widespread indifference and hostility.

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As far as I can tell, this is one of the definitive contemporary histories, well written and exhaustive, at least on political history. But basically it was too hard for me. If you're super into the ... Read full review

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1France under Louis XVI
2Enlightened Opinion
3Crisis and Collapse 17761788
4The EstatesGeneral September 1788July 1789
5The Principles of 1789 and the Reform of France
6The Breakdown Of the Revalutionary Consensus 17901791
7Europe and the Revolution 17881791
12Thermidor 17941795
13CounterRevolution 17891795
14The Directory 17951799
15Occupied Europe 17941799
16An End to Revolution 17991802
17The Revolution in Perspective
APPENDIX 1Chronology of the French Revolution

8The Republican Revolution October 1791January 1793
9War against Europe 17921797
10The Revolt of the Provinces
11Government by Terror 17931794
APPENDIX 2The Revolutionary Calendar
APPENDIX 3The Revolution and its Historians

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William Doyle is Professor of History, University of Bristol. His other books, published by OUP, include Origins of the French Revolution, Old Regime France 1648-1788, The Old European Order 1660-1800, and The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction.

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