The French Revolution

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Examines the events of the French Revolution and its aftermath in France, as well as its impact on the rest of the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781247370101
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 0.96 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 9.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) was a Scottish essayist, historian, satirist, and political thinker. He became influential for Victorians because his writing reflected Calvinist values but also a loss of faith, which paralleled the community’s changing scientific and political views.
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CHAPTER II. REALISED IDEALS. SuOH a changed France have we; and a changed Louis. Changed, truly; and farther than thou yet seest! To the eye of History many things, in that sick-room of Louis, are now visible, which to the Courtiers there present were invisible. For indeed it is well said, 'in every object there ' is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye ' brings means of seeing.' To Newton and to Newton's Dog Diamond, what a different pair of Universes; while the painting on the optical retina of both was, most likely, the same! Let the Reader here, in this sick-room of Louis, endeavour to look with the mind too. Time was when men could (so to speak) of a given man, by nourishing and decorating him with fit appliances, to the due pitch, make themselves a King, almost as the Bees do; and what was still more to the purpose, loyally obey him when .made. The man so nourished and decorated, thenceforth named royal, does verily bear rule; and is said, and even thought, to be, for example, 'prosecuting conquests in Flanders,' when he lets himself like luggage be carried thither: and no light luggage; covering miles of road. For he has his unblushing Chateauroux, with her bandboxes and rouge-pots, at his side; so that, at every new station, a wooden gallery must be run up between their lodgings. He has not only his Maison-Bouche, and Valetaille without end, but his very Troop of Players, with their pasteboard 1744-74. coulisses, thunder-barrels, their kettles, fiddles, stage-wardrobes, portable larders (and chaffering and quarrelling enough); all mounted in wagons, tumbrils, second-hand chaises, sufficient not to conquer Flanders, but the patience of the world. Withsuch a flood of loud jingling appurtenances does he lumber along, prosecuting his conquests...
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
  Carlyle's Conception of History
  The French Revolution: Characteristics, Style
  Dates in the Life of Carlyle
  Chief Works quoted by Carlyle
Death of Louis XV; France in 1774
The New Age
  a. Louis XVI
  b. The People
The Notables
The States-General
The Third Estate
To Arms!
Fall of the Bastille
Revolution
The Menads
The King at Paris
The Army
The Clubs
Mirabeau
Flight of the King
The Constitution
Europe
The Jacobins
The Marseillese
The Swiss
The Commune
The September Massacres
The Cannonade of Valmy
Execution of Louis XVI
Girondins and Mountain
The Committees
The New Calendar
Death of Marat
Marie-Antoinette
The Reign of Terror
The Feast of Reason
The New Paris
Danton, No Weakness
Feast of the Être Suprême
Robespierre
Decline of Revolution
The Army
The Whiff of Grapeshot
Finis
Appendixes
  Chronological Table
  The Republican Calendar
  The House of Bourbon
  Index of Proper Names
  Glossary
Maps
  Central Paris during the Revolution
  The Campaign of 1792
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    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."

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    Posted February 11, 2013

    To read or not to read?

    I want to learn more about the french revoulution and im a kid. Is this book good for a kid to read?

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    Posted May 18, 2012

    EPIC!!!

    Will write more when I have finished book.

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