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7th Edition

A Short History of the French Revolution

ISBN 9781138557208
Published September 18, 2019 by Routledge
220 Pages 11 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Short History of the French Revolution is an up-to-date survey of the French Revolution and Napoleonic era that introduces readers to the origins and events of this turbulent period in French history, and historians’ interpretations of these events.

The book covers all aspects of the Revolution, including the political, social, and cultural origins of the Revolution, and its causes, events, and aftermath, to provide readers with a full, and yet concise, overview of the Revolution that helps them easily understand the key elements of the subject. Fully updated and revised, this new edition allows students to engage with the most current work on the subject with increased attention given to women’s role in the Revolution, full coverage of the struggles over race and slavery, a new emphasis on the populist element in revolutionary politics, and an expanded discussion of the historiography of the era.

Supported by learning objectives, critical thinking questions, and suggestions for further reading, this is the perfect introduction to the French Revolution for students of French and European History in the late eighteenth century.

Table of Contents

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1 The Origins of the French Revolution

2 The Collapse of the Absolute Monarchy, 1787-1789

3 The Revolutionary Rupture, 1789-1790

4 The Defeat of the Liberal Revolution, 1790-1792

5 The Convention and the Radical Republic, 1792-1794

6 The Return to Order, 1794-1799

7 The Napoleonic Consulate, 1799-1804

8 The Napoleonic Empire, 1804-1815

9 The Revolutionary Heritage

Chronology of Principal Events During the French Revolution

Suggestions for Further Reading


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Jeremy D. Popkin is the William T. Bryan Chair of History at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky, USA). In addition to his new comprehensive history, A New World Begins: The Story of the French Revolution, he has published Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789–1799, You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery, and History of Modern France.