Georges Lefebvre

Georges Lefebvre (zhôrzh ləfĕ´vrə), 1874–1959, French historian, an authority on the French Revolutionary period. From 1937 to 1945 he held the chair of French Revolutionary history at the Sorbonne, and he founded the Institut d'histoire de la Révolution française. Lefebvre's most original contributions were the writing of history from below, particularly the French Revolution as viewed from the experiences of the peasantry, and his mastery of quantitative research. Both are evident in Les Paysans du Nord pendant la Révolution française (1924). Although influenced by Marxism, he was predominantly an empiricist and a humanist; he saw in history a complex interaction of social, economic, and political phenomena. His La Révolution française (rev. ed. 1951), considered an authoritative work, has been translated in two volumes as The French Revolution (1962–64) and The French Revolution from 1793 to 1799 (1964). Another work is Napoléon (4th ed. 1953; tr., 2 vol., 1969), a judicious study of the Napoleonic era.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The French Revolution
Georges Lefebvre; Elizabeth Moss Evanson.
Routledge & Kegan Paul, vol.1, 1962
Studies and Notes Supplementary to Stubbs' Constitutional History
Ch. Petit-Dutaillis; Georges Lefebvre; Willam Stubbs.
Manchester University Press, 1969
The Eighteenth-Century Revolution: French or Western?
Peter H. Amann.
Heath, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Part III "Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century: The French Revolution in the Context of World History" by Georges Lefebvre
The Economic Origins of the French Revolution: Poverty or Prosperity?
Ralph W. Greenlaw.
D. C. Heath, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "French Revolution and the Peasant" by Georges Lefebvre begins on p. 73
Understanding the French Revolution
Albert Soboul.
International Publishers, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Georges Lefebvre (1874-1959): Historian of the French Revolution"
Napoleon: For and Against
Pieter Geyl; Olive Renier.
Yale University Press, 1949
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IX "Georges Lefebvre: The Author and the Work"
The Abolition of Feudalism: Peasants, Lords, and Legislators in the French Revolution
John Markoff.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996
The Crowd in American History
Gilje, Paul A.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2003
Fifty Years of Rewriting the French Revolution: John Dunne Signposts Main Landmarks and Current Directions in the Historiographical Debate. (the Unpredictable Past)
Dunne, John.
History Review, March 1998
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