The French Revolution: 1770-1814 / Edition 1

The French Revolution: 1770-1814 / Edition 1

by Francois Furet
     
 

This volume, comprising Part I of the author's classic work Revolutionary France 1770-1880, offers a vivid narrative and radical reinterpretation of the years surrounding the momentous events of 1789 and their aftermath. During this period there were not one, but two revolutions: by intent the first was egalitarian, the second - Bonaparte's authoritarian

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This volume, comprising Part I of the author's classic work Revolutionary France 1770-1880, offers a vivid narrative and radical reinterpretation of the years surrounding the momentous events of 1789 and their aftermath. During this period there were not one, but two revolutions: by intent the first was egalitarian, the second - Bonaparte's authoritarian. The tension between the two characterized the period and was to shape the Republic that eventually emerged from the ruins of the ancien régime.

The narrative begins in the last years of Louis XVI. Professor Furet provides a graphic account of the years leading up to the Revolution and of the Revolution itself. The sovereignty of the people was as absolute as the monarchy it replaced, and the Terror its tragic and inevitable consequence. In 1799, after a well-planned and executed military coup, Bonaparte seized power and within five years had made himself France's first emperor. Napoleon conquered not only half Europe but the aspirations of the Revolution, and put in place the laws and institutions by which France is still largely governed. The volume ends with Napoleon's defeat, and the start of a new chain of events that was to lead to the establishment of the Third Republic in 1871.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631202998
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/31/1996
Series:
History of France Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

1. The Ancien Régime.

2. The Revolution of 1789: 1787-1791.

3. The Jacobin Republic: 1791-1794.

4. The Thermidorian Republic: 1794-1799.

5. Napoleon Bonaparte: 1799-1814.

Appendix I: Chronological Table.

Appendix II: The Republican Calendar for Year II (1793-1794).

Bibliography.

Glossary.

Index of Names.

Index of Subjects.

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