Origins of the French Revolution / Edition 3

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First published in 1980, this book rapidly established itself as the indispensable guide to what brought about the French Revolution, and to the debates of historians about the issue. It combined a full critical account of recent controversies with a fresh interpretation taking stock of where the debate had led. Since 1980 discussion among historians has continued as lively as ever, and has moved in directions scarcely explored at that time. This new edition brings the subject up to date with an extensively rewritten survey of the historiography up to the present day, and a revised interpretation modified in the light of research by a new generation of scholars.
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"An excellent introduction to the Revolution."--E. McKinley, Asbury College

Praise for the first edition: "Required reading for all undergraduate and graduate students studying the French Revolution."--Choice

"From time to time a specialist succeeds in blending the many books and articles in his field in a synthesis worthwhile for any historian or any educated reader. William Doyle has done this in a brief, clear, and thoughtful book."--Journal of Modern History

"The book is well conceived and refreshing, and demonstrates Doyle's mastery of both older and more recent scholarship....An impressive piece of historical writing and an important contribution to French revolutionary scholarship."--The Historian

"His work will become a standard synthesis of recent scholarship on the causes of the Revolution."--Eighteenth-Century Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198731740
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 856,097
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Writings on Revolutionary Origins since 1939 3
1 The Classic Interpretation 5
2 Revisionism 10
3 Post-Revisionism 35
Pt. II The Breakdown of the Old Regime 43
4 The Financial Crisis 45
5 The System of Government 54
6 Opposition 65
7 Public Opinion 76
8 Reform and its Failure, 1787-1788 91
Pt. III The Struggle for Power 109
9 The Nobility 111
10 The Bourgeoisie 121
11 The Election Campaign, September 1788 to May 1789 131
12 The Economic Crisis 148
13 The Estates-General, May and June 1789 157
14 The People of Paris 166
15 The Peasantry 178
16 Conclusion: The New Regime and its Principles 189
Abbreviations 197
Notes 197
Further Reading 226
Index of Authors Cited 229
General Index 233
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