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Description - The French Revolution by Alan I. Forrest

This book provides an interpretation of the French Revolution that is both thematic and accessible to the general reader. The discussion includes an analysis of the historiography of the subject, and reviews the range of literature produced around the recent Bicentenary. Insisting that the French Revolution had an important social dimension, Alan Forrest demonstrates that the revolutionaries, even the most extreme of them, were committed to an ordered society. He argues that in destroying the political institutions and the corporate structures of the Ancien Regime, they were conscious of the need to invent a new order of their own, one that would be consistent with their ideology.Chapters focus on the initial crisis of 1789, on the political and social experiments of the revolutionary years, and on the impact of war and counter-revolution. The study covers the period up to 1799, looking forward where appropriate to the Napoleonic Empire. The author's succinct and penetrating overview of events ensures that The French Revolution will be welcomed by all students of this fascinating and turbulent period in European history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631183518
ISBN-10: 0631183515
Format: Paperback
(219mm x 142mm x 13mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Feb-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alan I. Forrest

Alan Forrest is Professor of Modern History at the University of York. He has written widely on the social and military aspects of the French Revolution, and on the Revolution in provincial France.

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