P. M. Jones’ The French Revolution, now in its third edition, is an authoritative survey of events in France from 1787, as the power of the ancien régime began to crumble, until 1804 and the demise of the Republic. It provides a balanced and accessible account of the dramatic events of the intervening years, including the fall of the Bastille, the months of the Terror and the journey towards the creation of the First French Empire, are analysed, along with an assessment of the wider significance of the revolutionary decade.
This new edition has been fully revised and updated to include new material on citizenship, gender, equality and legal reforms, and the imperial dimension of the Revolution. The historiographical debate is brought right up to date, taking into account the most recent scholarship on the Revolution. The narrative is supported by a selection of original documents which shed light on events of the period from the perspective of those who lived through it.
With supplementary materials including a chronology, who’s who, glossary and guide to further reading, this book remains an invaluable resource for students of the French Revolution.
Praise for the previous edition:
"This is an admirable précis of what happened during the Revolution [and] a dispassionate attempt to explain why things took that particular course.
English Historical Review
Praise of this edition:
"Peter Jones has given students and teachers a wonderfully lucid and useful text, based on his masterful grasp of the latest research on this complex but pivotal period of French and European history. Highly recommended."
Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne, Australia
"Undergraduate students will find here just what they need – an authoritative and genuinely explanatory narrative that never loses sight of what the revolution meant to those who built and experienced it. Jones treats the heavy historiographical disputes around the meaning of 1789 with a light and judicious touch, teasing out the implications of both recent and foundational scholarship for our understanding of the ‘civic energy’ of the revolutionary process itself."
Joan Tumblety, University of Southampton, UK
1. The Setting
2. Reform or Revolution, 1787-89?
3. Renewal, 1789-91
4. The Failure of Consensus, 1791-92
5. War and Terror, 1792-94
6. The Search for Stability, 1795-99
7. Consolidation, 1799-1804
Part Four Documents
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, US 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:
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