Originally published in 1956, this masterly essay weaves together the results of research with an independence of judgement which could only come from a long-established expert in the field of Revolutionary studies. The book examines the causes of the French Revolution and the economics involved in the weakness of France’s pre-revolutionary form of government as well as the administrative complexity which was an effective stumbling block in the way of monarchy. As well as charting key events in the revolution, the conclusion discusses the significance of the French Revolution in the context of other revolutions in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
‘An admirable survey marked by extensive knowledge and well-balanced judgements’ English Historical Review
1. The ‘Ancien’ Regime 2. The Revolt of the Nobility (1787-1788) 3. Social and Political Conflicts on the Eve of the Revolutin (1788-1789) 4. The Revolution of the Lawyers (5th May – 27th June, 1789) 5. The Revolt of the Masses and the Fall of the ‘Ancien Régime’ 6. The Work of the Constituent Assembly and the Flight to Varennes 7. The Legislative Assembly, War the Last Days of the Monarchy 8. From the Fall of the Monarchy to the Extension of the War with Europe 9. The Rise of Revolutionary Government and the Crisis of National Defence 10. The Terror, the Factions, and the Fall of Robespierre