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Historicising the French Revolution by Carolina Armenteros

Three decades ago, Francois Furet famously announced that the French Revolution was over. Napoleon's armies ceased to march around Europe long ago, and Louis XVIII even returned to occupy the throne of his guillotined brother. And yet the Revolution's memory continues to hold sway over imaginations and cultures around the world. This sway is felt particularly strongly by those who are interested in history: for the French Revolution not only altered the course of history radically, but became the fountainhead of historicism and the origin of the historical mentality. The sixteen essays collected in this volume investigate the Revolution's intellectual and material legacies. From popular culture to education and politics, from France and Ireland to Poland and Turkey, from 1789 to the present day, leading historians expose, alongside graduate students, the myriad ways in which the Revolution changed humanity's possible futures, its history, and the idea of history. They attest to how the Revolution has had a continuing global significance, and is still shaping the world today.

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ISBN-13: 9781847186409
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Pages: 345
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Carolina Armenteros is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Wolfson College. She specialises in European social and political thought ca. 1748-1914, with a special emphasis on France. Dawn Dodds; Coming from a multi-disciplinary background of History, Political Science, and Philosophy, Dawn Dodds's graduate-level research has focused on themes of political violence, dissent, legitimacy and the institutionalization of authority. Isabel DiVanna is a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Her graduate level research has focused on philosophy of history and methodology of historical and literary studies in late nineteenth-century France. Tim Blanning is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He has published extensively on the political and cultural history of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is also general editor of The Oxford History of Europe and The Short Oxford History of Europe.

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