Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre

Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre

by Jonathan Israel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691151725

ISBN-13: 9780691151724

Pub. Date: 03/23/2014

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"Combining erudition and verve, Revolutionary Ideas is an exciting, bold, valuable, and courageous book that should have a wide readership. A veritable tour de force, it fundamentally reconceptualizes the French Revolution. Arguing that ideas caused the revolution, propelled it forward, and constituted its essence, Jonathan Israel provides a wealth of detail

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"Combining erudition and verve, Revolutionary Ideas is an exciting, bold, valuable, and courageous book that should have a wide readership. A veritable tour de force, it fundamentally reconceptualizes the French Revolution. Arguing that ideas caused the revolution, propelled it forward, and constituted its essence, Jonathan Israel provides a wealth of detail about the little-known but fascinating characters who made up the radical wing of the revolutionary leadership."—Helena Rosenblatt, the Graduate Center, City University of New York

"There is nothing else quite like this book. It not only crowns one of the major individual history projects of the past century but also serves as a stimulus to fresh debate on the greatest and most fundamentally important of all revolutions."—William Doyle, author of The Oxford History of the French Revolution

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ISBN-13:
9780691151724
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/23/2014
Pages:
888
Sales rank:
481,663
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii
Acknowledgments ix
Prologue 1
Chapter 1 Introduction 6
Chapter 2 Revolution of the Press (1788-90) 30
Chapter 3 From Estates-General to National Assembly (April-June 1789) 53
Chapter 4 The Rights of Man: Summer and Autumn 1789 72
Chapter 5 Democratizing the Revolution 103
Chapter 6 Deadlock (November 1790-July 1791) 141
Chapter 7 War with the Church (1788-92) 180
Chapter 8 The Feuillant Revolution ( July 1791-April 1792) 204
Chapter 9 The "General Revolution" Begins (1791-92) 231
Chapter 10 The Revolutionary Summer of 1792 246
Chapter 11 Republicans Divided (September 1792-March 1793) 278
Chapter 12 The "General Revolution" from Valmy to the Fall of Mainz (1792-93) 316
Chapter 13 The World's First Democratic Constitution (1793) 345
Chapter 14 Education: Securing the Revolution 374
Chapter 15 Black Emancipation 396
Chapter 16 Robespierre's Putsch ( June 1793) 420
Chapter 17 The Summer of 1793: Overturning the Revolution's Core Values 450
Chapter 18 De-Christianization (1793-94) 479
Chapter 19 "The Terror" (September 1793-March 1794) 503
Chapter 20 The Terror's Last Months (March-July 1794) 545
Chapter 21 Thermidor 574
Chapter 22 Post-Thermidor (1795-97) 593
Chapter 23 The "General Revolution" (1795-1800): Holland, Italy, and the Levant 635
Chapter 24 The Failed Revolution (1797-99) 670
Chapter 25 Conclusion: The Revolution as the Outcome of the Radical Enlightenment 695
Cast of Main Participants 709
Notes 733
Bibliography 803
Index 833

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