The French Revolution Sourcebook / Edition 1

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This selection of original documents in English translation examines the constitutional and political problems of France in the decade 1785-1795 through the writings of contemporaries. This text gives a full picture of the pre-Revolutionary period, the Constituent Assembly, and the Terror and provides an extraordinarily vivid guide to this key historical period.

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"The most thorough collection of sources on the Revolutionary period up to the end of the Terror. there is no better collection available for analysing and understanding the interplay of events, the theoretical debates, the political backstabbing, and the give-and-take that were behind the edicts of 1788, the calling of the Estates-General, the radicalisation of the National Assembly, and Robespierre's downfall."—H-Net Reviews

"The most accessible collection of translated French revolutionary documents is now available in a revised and expanded edition. With its informed and up-to-date commentary, it will be indispensable for all courses seeking to study this complex subject in depth."—Professor William Doyle, University of Bristol, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340719831
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/2/1998
  • Series: An Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hardman is a Professor at Edinburgh University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I The Fall of the Ancien Regime
1 Doubts 7
2 The breakdown of relations between crown and Parlement 18
3 The Assembly of Notables 25
4 The edicts of 8 May 1788 50
5 Preparations for the Estates 64
6 The cahiers de doleances and the elections 75
II The Constitutional Monarchy
1 From Estates-General to National Assembly, May-July 1789 87
2 The legislative work of the National Assembly, 1789-1791 109
3 The response of Louis XVI to the Revolution 122
III The National Convention
1 Girondins and Montagnards 151
2 The constitution of 1793 and its Enrage critics 172
3 Gouvernement revolutionnaire: politics, Terror and bureaucracy 183
4 The Hebertists and the Dantonists 199
5 Robespierre's red summer 213
6 The Thermidorian reaction 239
Further reading 254
Index 256
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