The French Revolution, 1789-1799

Paperback | January 1, 2002

byPeter Mcphee

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This book provides a succinct yet up-to-date and challenging approach to the French Revolution of 1789-1799 and its consequences. Peter McPhee provides an accessible and reliable overview and one which deliberately introduces students to central debates among historians.The book has two main aims. One aim is to consider the origins and nature of the Revolution of 1789-99. Why was there a Revolution in France in 1789? Why did the Revolution follow its particular course after 1789? When was it 'over'? A second aim is to examine the significance of the Revolutionaryperiod in accelerating the decay of Ancien Regime society. How 'revolutionary' was the Revolution? Was France fundamentally changed as a result of it?Of particular interest to students will be the emphasis placed by the author on the repercussions of the Revolution on the practives of daily life: the lived experience of the Revolution. The author's recent work on the environmental impact of the Revolution is also incorporated to provide a lively,modern, and rounded picture of France during this critical phase in the development of modern Europe.

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This book provides a succinct yet up-to-date and challenging approach to the French Revolution of 1789-1799 and its consequences. Peter McPhee provides an accessible and reliable overview and one which deliberately introduces students to central debates among historians.The book has two main aims. One aim is to consider the origins and...

Peter McPhee was educated at the Universtity of Melbourne. He taught at La Trobe University (Melbourne) and the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) before returning to the University of Melbourne, where he has held a Personal Chair in History since 1993. He has published widely on the history of modern France, notably, 'A ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. France in the 1780s2. The Crisis of the Old Regime3. The Revolution of 17894. The Reconstruction of France, 1789-915. A Second Revolution, 17926. The Revolution in the Balance, 17937. The Terror: revolutionary Defence or Paranoia?8. Ending the Revolution, 1795-99. The Significance of the RevolutionMapsAppendix 1: ChronologyAppendix 2: The Revolutionary CalendarA Guide to Further Reading

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`With an easy style and a clear purpose, Professor Peter McPhee pilots students past key questions of the origin and course, meaning and significance of the French Revolution. Touching most debates in the historiography, McPhee's history still offers a sound narrative of revolutionary events,egos and enactments, always in chapters of manageable length, always with an eye to evidence that's first-hand, fascinating and fresh. Scores of students and teachers will owe him a debt of thanks.'Adrian Jones, La Trobe University