Rethinking The French Revolution: Marxism And The Revisionist Challenge by George C. ComninelRethinking The French Revolution: Marxism And The Revisionist Challenge by George C. Comninel

Rethinking The French Revolution: Marxism And The Revisionist Challenge

byGeorge C. Comninel

Paperback | January 17, 1991

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Historians generally—and Marxists in particular—have presented the revolution of 1789 as a bourgeois revolution: one which marked the ascendance of the bourgeois as a class, the defeat of a feudal aristocracy, and the triumph of capitalism. Recent revisionist accounts, however, have raised convincing arguments against the idea of the bourgeois class revolution, and the model on which it is based.

In this provocative study, George Comninel surveys existing interpretations of the French Revolution and the methodological issues these raise for historians. He argues that the weaknesses of Marxist scholarship originate in Marx’s own method, which has led historians to fall back on abstract conceptions of the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Comninel reasserts the principles of historical materialism that found their mature expression in Das Kapital; and outlines an interpretation which concludes that, while the revolution unified the nation and centralized the French state, it did not create a capitalist society.
George Comninel is Associate Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto.
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Title:Rethinking The French Revolution: Marxism And The Revisionist ChallengeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:January 17, 1991Publisher:Verso Books

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“Scholarly and enjoyable ... If you have any kind of mind, you will get sustained and exacting pleasure from the book.”—Gwyn Williams, New Statesman

“Very refreshing ... Comninel’s book does offer new angles of vision to the student of the Revolution.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Excellent ... Comninel’s explanation of Marx’s historical materialism is bold and convincing.”—Village Voice