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Britain and the French Revolution

1st Edition

By Clive Emsley


142 pages

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The French Revolution catapulted Europe into a new period of political upheaval, social change, and into the modern era.

This book provides a concise introduction to the impact of the French Revolution on Britain and to the ways in which this impact has been assessed by historians.

The book is organised thematically. It begins with a survey of the ideological debate sparked off by the Revolution discussing, in particular, the work of people such as Burke, Paine, Spence and Wollstonecraft. From here it presents an exploration of the Revolution s impact on

* Parliamentary polities

* The growth of radicalism and loyalism

* The way in which French ideas influenced Irish aspirations to generate rebellion

The third main section of the book focuses on the causes and course of Britain s war with Revolutionary France, and on the effects of the war on the home front, most notably the recurrent, serious food shortages.

About the Author

Clive Emsley is Professor of History at the Open University and one of the two General Editors for the Seminar Studies in History Series.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

Clive.Emsley: clive.emsley @

Gordon Martel: Gordon.Martel @

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / France
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain