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The French Revolution: A History
     

The French Revolution: A History

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by Thomas Carlyle
 

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The book that established Thomas Carlyle’s reputation when first published in 1837, this spectacular historical masterpiece has since been accepted as the standard work on the subject. It combines a shrewd insight into character, a vivid realization of the picturesque, and a singular ability to bring the past to blazing life, making it a reading experience as

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The book that established Thomas Carlyle’s reputation when first published in 1837, this spectacular historical masterpiece has since been accepted as the standard work on the subject. It combines a shrewd insight into character, a vivid realization of the picturesque, and a singular ability to bring the past to blazing life, making it a reading experience as thrilling as any novel. As John D. Rosenberg observes in his Introduction, The French Revolution is “one of the grand poems of [Carlyle’s] century, yet its poetry consists in being everywhere scrupulously rooted in historical fact.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition, complete and unabridged, is unavailable anywhere else.

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“No novelist has made his creations live for us more thoroughly than Carlyle has made the men of the French Revolution.” —George Eliot

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Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) is a philosopher and essayist. He presented many lectures during his lifetime with acclaim in the Victorian era. One of those conferences resulted in his famous work On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History where he explains that the key role in history lies in the actions of the "Great Man", claiming that "History is nothing but the biography of the Great Man". His book The French Revolution: A History remains popular and his "Sartor Resartus" is one of the finest works of the 19th century.

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The French Revolution 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
willyvan More than 1 year ago
This extraordinary work is more like a film scenario than a modern history. Its flashes of lightning pick out and illuminate dramatic scenes, vividly portrayed, like King Louis' doomed flight to Varennes. Carlyle famously described 'the incorruptible sea-green Robespierre'. Carlyle acknowledges, contrary to convention, "there is no period to be met with, in which the general Twenty-five Millions of France suffered less than in this period which they name Reign of Terror." He praises the revolution as "Surely a great phenomenon: nay it is a transcendental one, overstepping all rules and experience; the crowning phenomenon of our Modern Time."
ANONYMOUS3333 More than 1 year ago
A LIVELY,STILL ENTERTAINING ACCOUNT. CAN BE READ WITHOUT FEAR OF DELVING DEEPLY INYO THE SEEDY CONSPIRATORIAL MECHANICS OF THE EXTENDED BLOODY REVOLUTION.
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I want to learn more about the french revoulution and im a kid. Is this book good for a kid to read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will write more when I have finished book.