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The French Revolution can be likened to a huge release of energy. Contrary to popular belief the pressure for change did not burst forth suddenly in 1789, nor was it brought to an end abruptly by the appearance on the stage of history of Napoleon Bonaparte.
This book draws attention to the vigour and vitality of ancien-regime France and emphasizes the role played by the Bourbon monarchy in constructing an agenda for change. Starting with the visible crumbling of monarchical power in 1787 and ending with the demise of the republic in 1804, it lays bare the process of Revolutionary change. Written in a clear and accessible manner, the book:
A Chronology, Who¿s Who of key characters and Glossary are also provided to ensure that this is an indispensable textbook for students studying the French Revolution.
P. M. Jones is Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION PART TWO:
Reform or Revolution, 1787-1789?
The Nettle of Reform The Nation Awakes Count Down to Revolution Renewal, 1789-1791
Ending the Ancien Regime Building the Nation Towards a Political Settlement The Failure of Consensus, 1791-1792
The Flight and its Aftermath Managing the New Regime The Fall of the Monarchy War & Terror, 1792-1794
A Jacobin Republic Reactions in the Departments Terror and Repression The Search for Stability, 1795-1799
A Thermidorian Republic
'La Grande Nation'
Rule by Coup Consolidation, 1799-1804
Brumaire Building Anew Towards Dictatorship PART THREE The Assessment PART FOUR Documents PART FIVE Glossary Who's Who Guide to Further Reading References