The Oxford History of the French Revolution

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Oxford University Press, 1990 - 466 pagina's
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Massacres were nothing new to the late eighteenth-century world, but the prospect of a government systematically executing its opponents by the cartload for months on end presented Europe with a new and unimaginable horror. The Reign of Terror and the French Revolution as a whole transformed the meaning of political change and history itself. Written by a leading historian, this authoritative and comprehensive history draws on a wealth of new research in order to reassess the greatest of all revolutions.
Beginning with the accession of Louis XVI in 1774, William Doyle traces the history of France through revolution, terror, and counter-terror, to the triumph of Napoleon in 1802, along the way analyzing the impact of these events in France upon the rest of Europe. He explores how a movement which began with optimism and general enthusiasm soon became a tragedy, not only for the ruling orders, but for millions of ordinary people all over Europe. They were the ones who paid the price for the destruction of the old political order and the struggle to establish a new one, based on liberty and revolution, in the face of widespread indifference and hostility. Highly readable and meticulously researched, The Oxford History of the French Revolution will provide new insights into one of the most important events in European history.
 

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I France under Louis XVI
1
2 Enlightened Opinion
44
3 Crisis and Collapse 17761788
66
4 The EstatesGeneral September 1788July 1789
86
5 The Principles of 1789 and the Reform of France
112
6 The Breakdown of the Revolutionary Consensus 17901791
136
7 Europe and the Revolution 17881791
159
8 The Republican Revolution October 1791January 1793
174
12 Thermidor 17941795
272
13 CounterRevolution 17891795
297
14 The Directory 17951799
318
15 Occupied Europe 17941799
341
16 An End to Revolution 17991802
369
17 The Revolution in Perspective
391
Notes
426
Bibliography
444

9 War against Europe 17921797
197
10 The Revolt of the Provinces
220
11 Government by Terror 17931794
247

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About the Author:
William Doyle is Professor of History and Chairman of the School of History at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Origins of the French Revolution.

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