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The French Revolution : a very short introduction (Second edition)

By: Doyle, William (Emeritus Professor of History and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol)

Part of the Very Short Introductions series
0198840071 / 9780198840077
Paperback
28/11/2019
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United Kingdom
18 cm xvi, 143 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Previous edition: 2001.

The French Revolution is a time of history made familiar from Dickens, Baroness Orczy, and Tolstoy, as well as the legends of let them eat cake, and tricolours.

Beginning in 1789, this period of extreme political and social unrest saw the end of the French monarchy, the death of an extraordinary number of people beneath the guillotine's blade during the Terror, and the rise of Napoleon, as well as far reaching consequences still with us today, such as theenduring ideology of human rights, and decimalization. In this Very Short Introduction, William Doyle introduces the French old regime and considers how and why it collapsed.

Retelling the unfolding events of the revolution, he analyses why the revolutionaries quarrelled with the king, the church and the rest of Europe, why this produced Terror, and finally how it accomplished rule by a general.

Doyle also discusses how and why the revolution destroyed the age-old cultural, institutional, and social structures in France and beyond. Inthis new edition, Doyle includes new sections highlighting the main developments in the field since the first edition, before exploring the legacy of the revolution in the form of rationality in public affairs and responsible government. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

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BIC:

HBJD European history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, HBTV Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions, HBTV2 French Revolution

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