The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

by William Doyle


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William Doyle, the author of the classic text on the French Revolution, guides the reader through a historical event of such import and consequence that we are still living with its developments today. Beginning with a discussion of the familiar images of the French Revolution, Doyle continues on to a brief survey of the old regime and how it collapsed. Proceeding, Doyle elucidates how the revolution happened: why the revolutionaries quarreled with the king, the church and the rest of Europe, why this produced Terror, and finally how it accomplished rule by a general. This compelling Very Short Introduction looks at how the ancient regime that the revolution destroyed had become so entrenched and also examines cases in which revolutionary achievement failed to match ambition. Finally, Doyle explores the legacy of the revolution in the form of rationality in public affairs and responsible government, finishing his examination with a discussion as to why this event has been so controversial.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192853967
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/06/2001
Series: Very Short Introductions Series , #54
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 457,843
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)

About the Author

William Doyle is Emeritus Professor of History and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. His recent books include Aristocracy and its Enemies in the Age of Revolution (2009), Napoleon Bonaparte (2015), and France and the Age of Revolution: Regimes Old and New from Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte (2017). He is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Regime (2011).

Table of Contents

1. Echoes
2. Why it happened
3. How it happened
4. What it ended
5. What it started
6. Where it stands
Timeline: Important dates of the French Revolution
The Revolutionary Calendar
Further reading

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