This book examines the European world before 1789, recounts the history of the revolution in France itself and then explores its monumental impact on European society. The book focusses on the causes of this impact and discusses the levels of thinking, communication, social, political, and economic conditions in France at the time, which combined to make the revolution possible and which were similar to those developments elsewhere in Europe.
1. The Old Order 2. The French Revolution, 1789-92 3. A World Aroused 4. France: The Revolution Invincible 5. Poland and the East: The Revolution Overwhelmed 6. The Sister Republics: The Revolution Expanded 7. The Batavian, Helvetic and Italian Republics 8. The English-Speaking Countries: The Revolution Acclaimed and Detested 9. Germany: The Revolution Philosophized 10. The Explosive Inheritance: Myth and History