The Coming of the French Revolution / Edition 1

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Overview

This classic work details what happened in France during the year 1789, the first year of the French Revolution. First published in 1939 for the sesquicentennial of the Revolution, the book was suppressed by the Vichy government after the outbreak of the Second World War and the subsequent collapse of the Third Republic. Since most copies of the original French edition were destroyed, the work remained virtually unknown until Princeton University Press published R. R. Palmer's English translation in 1947. Subsequent editions were issued in 1967 and 1989. This new edition includes an introduction by Timothy Tackett that provides a short intellectual biography of Georges Lefebvre and a critical appraisal of the book after the research and reassessment of three generations of historians.
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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
Praise for Princeton's previous editions: [M]uch more than a history of 1789. . . . [A] synthesis, conveying a philosophy of the Revolution as a whole, such as could be written only by a seasoned scholar. . . . The smooth, careful translation preserves the literary merit of the French prose.
American Historical Review
Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "[M]uch more than a history of 1789. . . . [A] synthesis, conveying a philosophy of the Revolution as a whole, such as could be written only by a seasoned scholar. . . . The smooth, careful translation preserves the literary merit of the French prose.
Booknews
**** A reprint of the Princeton edition of 1947 (an earlier reprint of which--Vintage Books, 1957--is endorsed by BCL3) with a new preface by the translator. Lefebvre was one of the great interpreters of the French Revolution, and thus has a place among the great historians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Praise for Princeton's previous editions: [M]uch more than a history of 1789. . . . [A] synthesis, conveying a philosophy of the Revolution as a whole, such as could be written only by a seasoned scholar. . . . The smooth, careful translation preserves the literary merit of the French prose."American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691121888
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/18/2005
  • Series: Princeton Classic Editions Series
  • Edition description: With a New introduction by Timothy Tackett
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 623,976
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Georges Lefebvre (1874–1959) was one of the most important twentieth-century historians of the French Revolution. His books include The Great Fear of 1789: Rural Panic in Revolutionary France (Princeton). Timothy Tackett is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 The aristocracy 7
Ch. 2 The crisis of the monarchy 21
Ch. 3 The bourgeoisie 39
Ch. 4 The first victory of the bourgeoisie 49
Ch. 5 The estates-general 73
Ch. 6 The mobilization of the masses 93
Ch. 7 The Paris revolution of July 14 108
Ch. 8 The municipal revolutions in the provinces 121
Ch. 9 The peasantry 129
Ch. 10 The Agrarian revolts and the great fear 142
Ch. 11 The problem of the privileges 153
Ch. 12 The declaration of the rights of man and the citizen 167
Ch. 13 The revolutionary solution in the balance 183
Ch. 14 The popular agitation 190
Ch. 15 The October days : confirmation by violence 196
App. I Declaration of the rights of man and the citizen
App. II Other books by Georges Lefebvre
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