The Revolution in Provincial France: Aquitaine, 1789-1799

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byAlan Forrest

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This book presents a provincial view of the French Revolution and assesses the experience of revolution across a broad swathe of south-western France, in an area which increasingly looked to Bordeaux as its capital city. Here the Revolution was not simply a pale reflection of events in Paris.Local conflicts and personal rivalries are vital to our understanding of the shape of events in the region, as are contrasting traditions of religious affiliation, peasant radicalism, and obedience to the state. The book examines the Revolution within a thematic framework, and discusses such aspectsas the growth of a local political culture, the incidence of rural insurrection, religious responses to the Revolution, the chequered appeal of federalism, and the uneven experience of Terror and political repression.

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This book presents a provincial view of the French Revolution and assesses the experience of revolution across a broad swathe of south-western France, in an area which increasingly looked to Bordeaux as its capital city. Here the Revolution was not simply a pale reflection of events in Paris.Local conflicts and personal rivalries are v...

Alan Forrest is a Professor of History at York University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:388 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019820616X

ISBN - 13:9780198206163

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`Beginning with the period before the revolution and continuing through the Directory, Forrest provides a careful, well-documented study of the impact of these tumultuous years on one French province. This study is an excellent addition to regional histories of the revolution. Forrest doeswell in navigating the reader through the maze of local politics and their importance in determining a village or town's reaction and events. in addition, he provides maps so that the reader can follow the geographic and political divisions and their association with the variations in responses tothe revolution. Most importantly, The Revolution in Provincial France reminds us that this period was not only played out in Paris and provincial cities, but also in the most remote parts of the hexagon.'Cynthia S. Bisson, The Historian, Vol.61 No.3