History of the French Revolution

History of the French Revolution


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The Revolution, according to Jules Michelet (1798–1874), is the “tardy advent of Eternal Justice” against the tyranny of the monarchy. It is personified by the People, whose joy and misery Michelet evokes in every page of this “romantic history” of unprecedented social upheaval.

Charles Cocks’ translation of 1864 includes the first four Books of Michelet’s Histoire de la Revolution Française, covering events from the earliest indications of the Revolution to the King’s flight in 1791.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999428313
Publisher: Antipodes Press
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Pages: 596
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Jules Michelet was a French historian. In his 1855 work, Histoire de France (History of France), he was the first historian to use and define the word Renaissance ('Re-birth' in French), as a period in Europe's cultural history that represented a drastic break from the Middle Ages (which he loathed), creating a modern understanding of humanity and its place in the world. His aphoristic style emphasized his anti-clerical republicanism.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • First Part: On the Religion of the Middle Ages
    • Second Part: On the Ancient Monarchy

  • Book 1: April to July, 1789
    1. Elections of 1789
    2. Opening of the States-General
    3. National Assembly
    4. Oath at the Tennis Court
    5. Movement of Paris
    6. Insurrection of Paris
    7. The Taking of the Bastille, July 14, 1789

  • Book 2: July 14 to October 6, 1789
    1. The Hollow Truce
    2. Popular Judgments
    3. France in Arms
    4. The Rights of Man
    5. The Clergy and the People
    6. The Veto
    7. The Press
    8. The People Go to Fetch the King, October 5th, 1789
    9. The King Brought Back to Paris

  • Book 3: October 6, 1789 to July 14, 1790
    1. Unanimity to Revive the Kingly Power
    2. Resistance—The Clergy (October to November, 1789)
    3. Resistance—The Clergy—The Parliaments—The Provincial States
    4. Resistance—Parliaments—Movement of the Confederations
    5. Resistance—The Queen and Austria (October to February)
    6. Continuation—The Queen and Austria
    7. A Religious Struggle—The Passion of Louis XVI
    8. Religious Struggle—Success of the Counter-Revolution
    9. The Counter-Revolution Quelled in the South
    10. Spontaneous Organization of France
    11. The New Religion — Confederations
    12. The New Religion—General Confederation

  • Book 4: July 1790 to July 1791
    1. Why the New Religion Could Not Be Reduced to a Formula—Interior Obstacles
    2. Continuation—Exterior Obstacles—Two Sorts of Hypocrisy: The Hypocrisy of Authority, and the Priest
    3. Continuation—Exterior Obstacles—Hypocrisy of Liberty, the Englishman
    4. Massacre at Nancy (August 31, 1790)
    5. The Jacobins
    6. Struggle of Principles in the Assembly and at the Jacobins’
    7. The Cordeliers
    8. Impotency of the Assembly—The Oath Refused (November, 1790 to January, 1791)
    9. The First Step of the Reign of Terror
    10. The First Step of Terror.—Mirabeau’s Opposition.
    11. Death of Mirabeau (April 2, 1791)
    12. Intolerance of the Two Parties.—Robespierre’s Progress.
    13. The Precedents of the King’s Flight
    14. The King’s Flight to Varennes (20th–21st June, 1791)

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