1st Edition

The Revolting French, 1787–1889

By Pamela Pilbeam Copyright 2024
    176 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the impact of revolution on the French from the Revolution of 1789 to its centenary in 1889. It explores specific and linking factors in the main revolts and how historians have differed in their explanations.

    Revolution has been explained in a multitude of ways from economic, social and philosophic, to a range of identities including religion, race and gender, contingency, emotions, and most recently global factors. The nineteenth-century French state was threatened by an unprecedented number of revolts. What impact did the 1789 Revolution have on nineteenth-century events? Why were there so many revolutions at the time? Were there common factors? Were non-revolutionary issues as significant or more significant in provoking change? Why was it that insurrection was rarer in the second half of the century when revolutionary rhetoric was more prolific? The book weighs political and philosophical differences, lack of trust and willingness to compromise, economic, social and cultural issues, urban geography, archaeology and contingency. The final section presents some contemporary explanations, written and visual.

    This book will be essential reading for A-level and undergraduate historians of France and Europe and will be of interest to general readers keen to understand the impact of revolutions in the modern world.

    1. Legacy of 1789

    2. Memory, Monuments and Symbols of 1789

    3. Narrative of Nineteenth-Century Revolutions

    4. Shared Themes in Nineteenth-Century Revolutions

    5. France Abroad

    6. Historians of Revolution




    Pamela Pilbeam is Professor Emeritus at Royal Holloway, University of London (1965–2012). Past roles include President of the Society for the Study of French History, a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Toronto, York, Ontario and British Columbia.