Origins of the French Revolution

Paperback | June 28, 1999

byWilliam Doyle

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First published in 1980, this book rapidly established itself as the indispensable guide to what brought about the French Revolution, and to the debates of historians about the issue. It combined a full critical account of recent controversies with a fresh interpretation taking stock of wherethe debate had led. Since 1980 discussion among historians has continued as lively as ever, and has moved in directions scarcely explored at that time. The `revisionist' criticism which destroyed the classic mid-century consensus emphasizing the Revolution's social and economic origins has openedthe way to a `post-revisionist' approach focused on cultural change. This new edition brings the subject up to date with an extensisively rewritten survey of the historiography up to the present day, and a revised interpretation modified in the light of research by a new generation of scholars. It will thus remain the starting point for any serious study of thegreatest of all revolutions, which lies at the root of the modern political world. `important book . . . readable and perceptive analysis', Times Higher Education Supplement `His book is excellent, achieving the rare distinction of being both useful and revealing', Spectator `brief, clear, and thoughtful', Journal of Modern History

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First published in 1980, this book rapidly established itself as the indispensable guide to what brought about the French Revolution, and to the debates of historians about the issue. It combined a full critical account of recent controversies with a fresh interpretation taking stock of wherethe debate had led. Since 1980 discussion am...

William Doyle is at University of Bristol.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 28, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198731744

ISBN - 13:9780198731740

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IntroductionPart I: Writings on Revolutionary Origins since 19391. The Classic InterpretationPart II: The Breakdown of the Old Regime4. The Financial Crisis5. The System of Government6. Opposition7. Public Opinion8. Reform and its Failure 1787-88Part III: The Struggle for Power9. The Nobility10. The Bourgeoisie11. The Election Campaign September 1788- to May 178912. The Economic Crisis13. The Estates-General, May and June 178914. The People of Paris15. The Peasantry16. Conclusion: The New Regime and its PrinciplesAbbreviations, Notes, Further Reading, Index of Authors Cited, General Index