France, 1789-1815: Revolution and Counterrevolution

Paperback | March 15, 1986

byDonald M.G. SutherlandAs told byDonald Sutherland

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Challenging classical histories of the French Revolution, this revisionist work argues that any history and analysis of the period must give as much weight to counterrevolution as to revolution itself. Sutherland demonstrates that the effects of the Revolution varied greatly according toregional economies, social structures, and religious affiliations. For example, while many groups--particularly urban groups--benefited from the revolutionary reforms of 1789-91, there were many others--such as the rural poor--whose condition markedly deteriorated. The book examines how massivecounterrevolutionary movements profoundly affected the course of the Revolution, leading to the failure of constitutional government and ultimately, to an elitist dictatorship that paved the way for many of the struggles of the 19th century.

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Challenging classical histories of the French Revolution, this revisionist work argues that any history and analysis of the period must give as much weight to counterrevolution as to revolution itself. Sutherland demonstrates that the effects of the Revolution varied greatly according toregional economies, social structures, and relig...

Donald M.G. Sutherland is a Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 5.31 × 7.99 × 0.94 inPublished:March 15, 1986Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195205138

ISBN - 13:9780195205138

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"Marvelous. That rare textbook that is also an exemplary piece of scholarship, working a thesis, argument, and evidence into a topic that in lesser books would settle into little but narrative. Also extremely useful because it acknowledges the Napoleonic era as part of the Revolutionaryperiod."--Robert S. Babcock, Hastings College