The Oxford History of the French Revolution

Paperback | December 15, 2002

byWilliam Doyle

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This new edition of the most authoritative, comprehensive history of the French Revolution of 1789 draws on a generation of extensive research and scholarly debate to reappraise the most famous of all revolutions. Updates for this second edition include a generous chronology of events, plusan extended bibliographical essay providing an examination of the historiography of the Revolution.Opening with the accession of Louis XVI in 1774, the book traces the history of France through revolution, terror, and counter-revolution, to the triumph of Napoleon in 1802, and analyses the impact of events both in France itself and the rest of Europe.William Doyle shows how a movement which began with optimism and general enthusiasm soon became a tragedy, not only for the ruling orders, but for the millions of ordinary people all over Europe whose lives were disrupted by religious upheaval, and civil and international war. It was they who paidthe price for the destruction of the old political order and the struggle to establish a new one, based on the ideals of liberty and revolution, in the face of widespread indifference and hostility.

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This new edition of the most authoritative, comprehensive history of the French Revolution of 1789 draws on a generation of extensive research and scholarly debate to reappraise the most famous of all revolutions. Updates for this second edition include a generous chronology of events, plusan extended bibliographical essay providing a...

William Doyle is Professor of History, University of Bristol. His other books, published by OUP, include Origins of the French Revolution, Old Regime France 1648-1788, The Old European Order 1660-1800, and The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019925298X

ISBN - 13:9780199252985

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List of mapsPreface1. France under Louis XVI2. Enlightened Opinion3. Crisis and Collapse, 1776-17884. The Estates-General, September 1788-July 17895. The Principles of 1789 and the Reform of France6. The Breakdown of Revolutionary Consensus, 1790-17917. Europe and the Revolution, 1788-17918. The Republican Revolution, October 1791-January 17939. War Against Europe, 1792-179710. The Revolt of the Provinces11. Government by Terror, 1793-179412. Thermidor, 1794-179513. Counter-Revolution, 1789-179514. The Directory, 1795-179915. Occupied Europe, 1794-179916. An End to Revolution, 1799-180217. The Revolution in PerspectiveNotesAppendix I: Chronology of the French RevolutionAppendix II: The Revolutionary CalendarBibliography: The Revolution and its HistoriansIndex

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`. . . an excellent text for the early part of the Revolution.'London Evening Standard