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The French Revolution : from Enlightenment to tyranny

Author: Ian Davidson
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Pegasus Books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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The French Revolution casts a long shadow, one that reaches into our own time and influences our debates on freedom, equality, and authority. Yet it remains an elusive, perplexing historical event. Its significance morphs according to the sympathies of the viewer, who may see it as a series of gory tableaux, a regrettable slide into uncontrolled anarchy--or a radical reshaping of the political landscape. In this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Davidson
ISBN: 9781681772509 1681772507
OCLC Number: 940362291
Notes: Originally published: London : Profile Books, 2016.
Description: xxii, 314 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: États Généraux --
The fall of Necker --
The storming of the Bastille --
The dismantling of feudalism --
Declaration of the rights of man --
The King moves to Paris --
The Assembly starts to govern France --
The revolutionaries reform the Church --
The flight of the King --
The rush to war --
The overthrow of the monarchy --
The Commune insurrectionnelle --
The Convention --
The wars in 1792 : from Valmy to Jemappes --
The trial of the King --
Girondins and Montagnards --
The fall of the Girondins --
The civil wars of 1793 --
The Gouvernement Révolutionnaire --
The Terreur --
The spasm of religion to the fall of Danton --
The fall of Robespierre --
The aftermath --
Epilogue --
In place of bibliography. A note on the children of Louis XVI ; A note on the franchise for women ; The coups d'état of the French Revolution ; The French text of the Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1789 ; A note on money and inflation ; A note on the Comité de Salut Public ; A note on death and the Revolution.
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The French Revolution casts a long shadow, one that reaches into our own time and influences our debates on freedom, equality, and authority. Yet it remains an elusive, perplexing historical event. Its significance morphs according to the sympathies of the viewer, who may see it as a series of gory tableaux, a regrettable slide into uncontrolled anarchy--or a radical reshaping of the political landscape. In this riveting new book, Ian Davidson provides a fresh look at this vital moment in European history. He reveals how it was an immensely complicated and multifaceted revolution, taking place in different places, at different times, and in different spheres; and how subsequently it became weighted with political, social, and moral values. Stirring and dramatic--and filled with the larger-than-life players of the period and evoking the turbulence of this colorful time--this is narrative history at its finest.--

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