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Very Short Introductions #54: The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Publisher Comments:

Beginning with a discussion of familiar images of the French Revolution, garnered from Dickens, Baroness Orczy, and Tolstoy, as well as the legends of let them eat cake, and tricolours, Doyle leads the reader to the realization that we are still living with developments and consequences of the French Revolution such as decimalization, and the whole ideology of human rights. Continuing with a brief survey of the old regime and how it collapsed, Doyle continues to ellucidate how the revolution happened: why did the revolutionaries quarrel with the king, the church and the rest of Europe, why this produced Terror, and finally how it accomplished rule by a general. The revolution destroyed the age-old cultural, institutional and social structures in France and beyond. This book looks at how the ancien regime became ancien as well as examining cases in which achievement failed to match ambition. Doyle explores the legacy of the revolution in the form of rationality in public affairs and responsible government, and finishes his examination of the revolution with a discussion of why it has been so controversial.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (119-123) and index.

About the Author

William Doyle is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. His publications include The Oxford History of the French Revolution (1990), Origins of the French Revolution (1999), The Old European Order 1660-1800 (1992), and forthcoming from OUP, Old Regime France (2001).

Table of Contents

1. Echoes

2. Why it happened

3. How it happened

4. What it ended

5. What it started

6. Why it matters

Bibliography and further reading

1. Echoes

2. Why it happened

3. How it happened

4. What it ended

5. What it started

6. Why it matters

Bibliography and further reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192853967
Author:
Doyle, William
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Null, William
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
History
Subject:
France
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
History, World | European | France
Subject:
France History Revolution, 1789-1799.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
154
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 halftones
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
4.300 x 6.800 in 0.275 lb

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