Alfred Cobban's Social Interpretation of the French Revolution is one of the acknowledged classics of postwar historiography. Cobban saw the French Revolution as central to the "grand narrative of modern history," but provided a salutary corrective to prevalent social explanations of its origins and development. A generation later this powerful historical intervention is now reissued with a new introduction by the distinguished scholar Gwynne Lewis. It provides students with both a context for Cobban's arguments, and assesses the course of Revolutionary studies in the wake of The Social Interpretation.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction Gwynne Lewis; 1. The present state of history; 2. History and sociology; 3. The problem of social history; 4. The meaning of feudalism; 5. The attack on seigneurial rights; 6. Who were the revolutionary bourgeois?; 7. Economic consequences of the Revolution; 8. A bourgeoisie of landowners; 9. Country against town; 10. Social cleavages among the peasantry; 11. The sans-culottes; 12. A revolution of the propertied classes; 13. Poor against rich; 14. Conclusion; Index.