A Short History of the French Revolution / Edition 5

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Overview

This concise survey of the French Revolution and Napoleonic period offers an alternative to the long, detailed texts more suited to advanced study. Author Jeremy D. Popkin introduces readers to the major events that comprise the story of the French Revolution, to the different ways in which historians have interpreted them, to the political, social, and cultural origins of the Revolution, and to the latest methodological approaches. Beginning with the prerevolutionary crisis, Popkin leads readers through the dramatic events that led to the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Along the way, he discusses the effort to create a constitutional regime, the collapse of the new constitution, and the overthrow of the monarchy. This newly revised edition provides expanded discussion of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and the king's trial. In addition, A Short History of the French Revolution: explores the Jacobin dictatorship and the Reign of Terror; examines the search for stability under the Directory; features in-depth coverage of Napoleon's Consulate and Empire; and looks at the long-term consequences of the Revolution for France and the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205693573
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/3/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 170,793
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy D. Popkin, T. Marshall Hahn, Jr., professor of history at the University of Kentucky, is the author of books on the history of the press during the French Revolution and on the revolutionary era in the French colonies.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE

CHAPTER 1: THE ORIGINS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
The Problems of the Monarchy
The Failure of Reform
Social Structure and Social Crisis
The Third Estate
The Lower Classes
New Ideas and New Ways of Living
The Growth of Public Opinion
Notes

CHAPTER 2: THE COLLAPSE OF THE ABSOLUTE MONARCHY, 1787—1789
The Prerevolution
The Assembly of Notables
From Failed Reforms to Revolutionary Crisis
The Meeting of the Estates-General
The Parliamentary Revolution
The Storming of the Bastille
Notes

CHAPTER 3: THE REVOLUTIONARY RUPTURE, 1789—1790
The Concept of Revolution
The “Abolition of Feudalism” and the Declaration of Rights
The October Days
The Accomplishments of the National Assembly, 1789—1791
The Constitutional Debates
The Expropriation of Church Lands and the Assignats
The Civil Constitution of the Clergy
Notes

CHAPTER 4: THE DEFEAT OF THE LIBERAL REVOLUTION, 1790—1792
The New Political Culture
The King’s Flight and the Crisis of 1791
The End of the National Assembly
The Legislative Assembly
The Revolt in the Colonies and Unrest at Home
The Move toward War
The Impact of War
The Overthrow of the Monarchy
Emergency Measures and Revolutionary Government
The Failure of the Liberal Revolution
Notes

CHAPTER 5: THE CONVENTION AND THE REPUBLIC, 1792—1794
The Trial of the King
Mounting Tensions
The Victory of the Montagnards
Terror Becomes the Order of the Day
The Dictatorship of the Committee of Public Safety
Revolutionary Culture
The Radical Revolution and the Social Order
The Great Terror and Thermidor
The Revolution Victorious
Thermidor
Notes

CHAPTER 6: THE RETURN TO ORDER, 1794—1799
The “Bourgeois Republic” and the Search for Order
The Thermidorian Reaction
The Defeat of the Sans-Culottes
Counterrevolution and the Constitution of 1795
The Directory
The Directory, Europe, and the Colonies
The “Politics of the Balance”
The “Second Directory”
The Fall of the Directory

CHAPTER 7: THE NAPOLEONIC CONSULATE, 1799—1804
The Consul and the Consulate
Napoleon’s Career
The Institutions of the Consulate
Consolidation of Power
The Peace of Amiens and the Concordat
Elements of Opposition
Notes

CHAPTER 8: THE NAPOLEONIC EMPIRE, 1804—1815
The Resumption of War
From Ulm to Tilsit
The Continental System
The Empire at Home
Culture under the Empire
The Social Bases of the Empire
The Decline of the Empire
The Invasion of Russia
The Hundred Days
Note

CHAPTER 9: THE REVOLUTIONARY HERITAGE
The Postrevolutionary Settlement
State and Nation
The Revolution’s Impact in the World
The French Revolution as History
The Jacobin Historical Synthesis
The Revisionist Critique
Postrevisionist Studies of the Revolution
Notes

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
Bibliographies, Journals, and General Reference Works
Specialized Titles: Select Bibliography

CHRONOLOGY OF PRINCIPAL EVENTS DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

INDEX

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