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Andress, David 1969-

Overview
Works: 25 works in 141 publications in 3 languages and 5,218 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by David Andress
The Terror : the merciless war for freedom in revolutionary France by David Andress( Book )

26 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For two hundred years, the Terror has haunted the imagination of the West. The descent of the French Revolution from rapturous liberation into an orgy of apparently pointless bloodletting has been the focus of countless reflections on the often malignant nature of humanity and the folly of revolution. David Andress, a leading historian of the French Revolution, presents a radically different account of the Terror. The violence, he shows, was a result of dogmatic and fundamentalist thinking: dreadful decisions were made by groups of people who believed they were still fighting for freedom but whose survival was threatened by famine, external war, and counter-revolutionaries within the fledgling new state. Urgent questions emerge from Andress's reassessment: When is it right to arbitrarily detain those suspected of subversion? When does an earnest patriotism become the rationale for slaughter? This new interpretation draws troubling parallels with today's political and religious fundamentalism.--From publisher description
1789 : the threshold of the modern age by David Andress( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world in 1789 stood on the edge of a unique transformation. At the end of an unprecedented century of progress, the fates of three nations--France, the nascent United States, and their common enemy, Britain--lay interlocked. A year of revolution was crowned in two documents drafted at almost the same time: the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the American Bill of Rights. These texts gave the world a new political language and promised to foreshadow new revolutions, even in Britain. But as the French Revolution spiraled into chaos and slavery experienced a rebirth in America, it seemed that the budding code of individual rights would forever be matched by equally powerful systems of repression and control. David Andress reveals how these events and the men who led them stood at the threshold of the modern world. --From publisher description
Massacre at the Champ de Mars : popular dissent and political culture in the French Revolution by David Andress( )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paris in early 1791 was feverish with political involvement. Ordinary people expressed violent opinions on the street corners, journalists published wild rumours one day and denounced scaremongering the next, political clubs grew like mushrooms and advocated the most radical solutions to political deadlock and crisis. In such an atmosphere, what did it mean to be 'one of the people'? Where were boundaries to be drawn around the national community? How could one identify threatening outsiders? What should be done about them?" "This book explores how Parisians of all classes sought to answer such questions, and why it was that the answers they found drove 'patriots' to confront each other on the Champ de Mars."--Jacket
The French Revolution and the people by David Andress( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The French Revolution of 1789 was the central event of modern history. For the first time a major nation fell prey to political and then social revolution, with civil war and the Reign of Terror following the execution of Louis XVI on 21 January 1793. Although the Revolution started with the resistance of a minority to absolutist government, it soon spread to involve the whole nation, including the men and women who made up by far the largest part of it - the peasantry - as well as craftsmen, the poor and those living on the margins of society. The French Revolution and the People is a portrait of the common people of France, in the towns and in the countryside; in Paris and Lyon; and in the Vendee, Britanny and Provence. Popular grievances and reactions affected the events and outcome of the Revolution at all stages, and in turn everyone in France was affected by the Revolution. The French Revolution and the People is a vivid story of conflict, violence and death, but there were winners as well as losers and not all the suffering was in vain, as the injustices of the Ancien Regime were thrown off."--Jacket
The Oxford handbook of the French Revolution( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution brings together a sweeping range of expert and innovative contributions to offer engaging and thought-provoking insights into the history and historiography of this epochal event. Each chapter presents the foremost summations of academic thinking on key topics, along with stimulating and provocative interpretations and suggestions for future research directions. Placing core dimensions of the history of the French Revolution in their transnational and global contexts, the contributors demonstrate that revolutionary times demand close analysis of sometimes tiny groups of key political actors - whether the king and his ministers or the besieged leaders of the Jacobin republic - and attention to the deeply local politics of both rural and urban populations. Identities of class, gender and ethnicity are interrogated, but so too are conceptions and practices linked to citizenship, community, order, security, and freedom: each in their way just as central to revolutionary experiences, and equally amenable to critical analysis and reflection. This volume covers the structural and political contexts that build up to give new views on the classic question of the 'origins of revolution'; the different dimensions of personal and social experience that illuminate the political moment of 1789 itself; the goals and dilemmas of the period of constitutional monarchy; the processes of destabilisation and ongoing conflict that ended that experiment; the key issues surrounding the emergence and experience of 'terror'; and the short- and long-term legacies, for both good and ill, of the revolutionary trauma - for France, and for global politics. --Provided by publisher
French society in revolution, 1789-1799 by David Andress( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study plots a narrative course through the French Revolution examining the elements behind the breakdown of the 18th-century monarchic state. It presents a picture of the tensions throughout the revolutionary decade
Experiencing the French Revolution by David Andress( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a range of methodologies and a plurality of approaches, a team of experts offers fresh perspectives on the individual and collective experience of Revolution, both within and outside France
The savage storm : Britain on the brink in the age of Napoleon by David Andress( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain's defeat of Napoleon is one the great accomplishments in our history. And yet it was by no means certain that Britain itself would survive the revolutionary fervour of the age, let alone emerge victorious from such a vast conflict. From the late 1790s, the country was stricken by naval mutinies, rebellion in Ireland, and riots born of hunger, poverty and grinding injustice. As the new century opened, with republican graffiti on the walls of the cities, and revolutionary secret societies reportedly widespread, King George III only narrowly escaped assassination. Jacobin forces seemed to threaten a dissolution of the social order
The savage storm : how a generation of warfare transformed Britain by David Andress( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain's defeat of Napoleon is one the great accomplishments in our history. And yet it was by no means certain that Britain itself would survive the revolutionary fervour of the age, let alone emerge victorious from such a vast conflict. From the late 1790s, the country was stricken by naval mutinies, rebellion in Ireland, and riots born of hunger, poverty and grinding injustice. As the new century opened, with republican graffiti on the walls of the cities, and revolutionary secret societies reportedly widespread, King George III only narrowly escaped assassination. Jacobin forces seemed to threaten a dissolution of the social order
Cultural dementia : how the West has lost its history, and risks losing everything else by David Andress( Book )

4 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David Andress argues that we are suffering from an attack of social and cultural dementia. The former great powers of the historic 'West' – especially Britain, the USA and France – seem to be abandoning the wisdom of maturity for senile daydreams of recovered youth. Along the way they are stirring up old hatreds, giving disturbing voice to destructive rage, and risking the collapse of their capacity for decisive, effective and just governance. At the core of this dangerous turn is an abandonment of political attention to history, understood as a clear empirical grounding in how we reached our present condition. Historical stories are deployed in public debate as little more than dangerous fantasies. In this blistering assessment David Andress, one of Britain's leading historians of the age of revolutions, shows how the West has abandoned its history and has lost its bearings and its memory"--Dust jacket
Beating Napoleon : how Britain faced down her greatest challenge by David Andress( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Britain's defeat of Napoleon is one the great accomplishments in our history. And yet it was by no means certain that Britain itself would survive the revolutionary fervour of the age, let alone emerge victorious from such a vast conflict. From the late 1790s, the country was stricken by naval mutinies, rebellion in Ireland, and riots born of hunger, poverty and grinding injustice. As the new century opened, with republican graffiti on the walls of the cities, and revolutionary secret societies reportedly widespread, King George III only narrowly escaped assassination. Jacobin forces seemed to threaten a dissolution of the social order
El terror : los años de la guillotina by David Andress( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reign of terror by David Andress( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The image of the Guillotine continues to cast a long shadow over the French Revolution. Following on from his previous Talk, The French Revolution, Dave Andress depicts a nation swept up in plots, counter-revolutionary intrigue and purges that led to the deaths of countless people, including the King and one time darling of the Revolution, Maximilien Robespierre. These troubles along with war and civil war culminated in the enactment of Terror. But what exactly was The Terror, and who was to blame for it, has caused controversy ever since
The French Revolution by David Andress( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The French Revolution was a world-shaking event, one of the greatest social and political events of the modern era. It led to monumental upheavals across Europe, and has left a legacy of ideas and structures that continue to shape politics and social change. In this Talk, David Andress analyses the origins of the French Revolution through to the Constitution of 1791. Andress shows that revolution came about not from any plot or conspiracy--as thought at the time--but because France could no longer bear the weight of state expenditure on a rickety framework of historical compromises and privileges. When nature added a fiercely cold winter and bad harvests to the mix, other players with new ideas were standing by ready to demand a new say in public affairs. Through three turbulent years the French wrote themselves a new Constitution, but the troubles of those times created the conditions for a descent into Terror
The threshold of the modern age by David Andress( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatic history of the year 1789 as the world was poised on the brink of unprecedented change
Order and democracy in Paris from the oath of the clergy to the tricolour terror, January-August 1791 by David Andress( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Connell guide to the French Revolution by David Andress( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les politiques de la Terreur 1793-1794 by Serge Aberdam( )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Près de vingt ans après le Bicentenaire de la Révolution française, l'intérêt des historiens pour ce moment majeur de notre histoire nationale ne faiblit pas, loin s'en faut, ce que ne cessent de prouver les nouvelles recherches ouvertes. Tout au plus, peut-on observer qu'un certain nombre de polémiques se sont atténuées, même si leurs objets demeurent. Parmi ceux-ci, la Terreur, temps fort de la Révolution, a bien sûr été sujette à des interprétations historiographiques souvent conflictuelles, ainsi qu'à des définitions opposées, tant à propos de sa nature et de ses logiques que pour son cadre chronologique. Les Actes de ce colloque, tenu à l'Université de Rouen en janvier 2007, entendent évoquer un "temps" de la Terreur compris dans sa version la plus usuelle, c'est-à-dire s'ouvrant en 1793 (avec des prémices dès le printemps) et s'achevant dans l'été 1794 pour laisser place à d'autres violences politiques, parfois appuyées sur des rouages identiques mais désormais utilisés à d'autres fins. S'ouvrant largement à des travaux récents ou en cours, le livre tiré de ce colloque propose une réflexion collective non pas sur "la politique de la Terreur", comme on a pu l'écrire, mais sur "les politiques" mises en œuvre au "temps de la Terreur". En effet, loin d'évoquer cette période par le seul usage de la répression et des violences, ou bien d'en faire une sorte d'épisode politique décontextualisé et perçu comme consubstantiel à la Révolution, voire à toute révolution, cette rencontre a porté sur quatre thèmes successifs (les rouages de la Terreur ; violences et justice ; institutions et politiques économiques, politiques sociales ; vie culturelle et religieuse) destinés à nous faire mieux comprendre les réalités multiformes de ce moment chronologique précis et fondamental de la Révolution française. De ces réalités, où le poids de la guerre, sous toutes ses formes, joue bien sûr un rôle décisif, la toile représentant un "élève de l'école de Mars"--Créée en
The French Revolution and the people by David Andress( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The French Revolution of 1789 was the central event of modern history. For the first time a major nation fell prey to political and then social revolution, with civil war and the Reigh of Terror following the execution of Louis XVI on 21 January 1793 ... [This book offers a] story of conflict, violence and death, but there were winners as well as losers and not all the suffering in vain, as the injustices of the Ancien Regime were thrown off.-Dust jacket
French society in revolution, 1789-1799 by David Andress( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This book]: examining both the structural and cultural elements behind the breakdown of the eighteenth-century monarchic state and its aristocratic social system ... The Revolution is firmly acknowledged as failing, within its own time, to fulfil its goals, but the continual attempts by counter-revolutionaries to destroy it must be recalled as part of the explanation for this. Ultimately, the Revolution is seen as having long-term benefits for the French population, and for European society.-Back cover
 
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The Terror : the merciless war for freedom in revolutionary France El terror : los años de la guillotina
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1789 : the threshold of the modern ageMassacre at the Champ de Mars : popular dissent and political culture in the French RevolutionThe French Revolution and the peopleFrench society in revolution, 1789-1799El terror : los años de la guillotinaThe threshold of the modern age
Alternative Names
Andress, David

Languages
English (133)

Spanish (2)

French (1)