Cultures in Conflict--The French Revolution

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The French Revolution remains one of the crucial events of modern European and world history. The changes wrought in French society, politics, and the church have been commemorated and debated for more than 200 years. This book introduces students to the French Revolution through an historical and cultural overview, as well as the contextual framing of primary documents of ordinary people's experiences in the dramatic conflicts of 1789-1799. Most of the documents are first ...

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Overview

The French Revolution remains one of the crucial events of modern European and world history. The changes wrought in French society, politics, and the church have been commemorated and debated for more than 200 years. This book introduces students to the French Revolution through an historical and cultural overview, as well as the contextual framing of primary documents of ordinary people's experiences in the dramatic conflicts of 1789-1799. Most of the documents are first translations into English for a North American audience.

While a majority of sources on the French Revolution provide excerpts from formal documents, this volume reveals the deeper human level, offering immediate insight into everyday life. This is the perfect introduction to the Revolution, with many added-value features, including period illustrations, timeline, glossary, study questions directed toward the Advanced Placement European History exam, and a practical resource guide.

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GREGORY S. BROWN is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Timeline of the French Revolution
Ch. 1 Historical Overview 1
Ch. 2 Ways of Life in France before 1789: The "Old Regime" 29
Ch. 3 The People against the Privileged: Social Differences and Personal Identities 41
Ch. 4 Ordinary People for and against the Revolution 73
Ch. 5 Law and Order in Everyday Life during the Revolution: Violence, Public Order, and Collective Action 105
Ch. 6 Money and Economy: Work and Consumption during the Revolution 145
Ch. 7 Religion and Culture: The Ideas and Beliefs of Ordinary People 159
Glossary 195
Study Questions 201
Resource Guide 203
Index 207
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