Revolutionary France: 1788-1880

Revolutionary France: 1788-1880

Revolutionary France: 1788-1880

Revolutionary France: 1788-1880


The French Revolution of 1789 represents a crucial moment in the birth of the modern world. Its politics and ideas inspired widespread upheaval throughout Europe and especially in France itself where it marked the beginning of a century of turmoil. Napoleonic dictatorship, monarchical Resotoration, Second Republic, and Second Empire all rapidly succeeded each other but it was with the advent of the Third Republic in the 1870s that political stability began to accompany liberty and equality. In this volume, one of the first to look at 'Revolutionary France' as a whole, a team of leading international historians explore the major issues of politics and society, culture, economics, and overseas expansion during this vital period of French history.


During the twentieth century, French historians revolutionized the study of history itself, opening up countless new subjects, problems, and approaches to the past. Much of this imaginative energy was focused on the history of their own country – its economy, its society, its culture, its memories. in the century’s later years this exciting atmosphere inspired increasing numbers of outsiders to work on French themes, so that, more than for any other country, writing the history of France has become an international enterprise.

This series seeks to reflect these developments. Each volume is co-ordinated by an editor widely recognised as a historian of France. Each editor in turn has brought together a group of contributors to present particular aspects of French history, identifying the major themes and features in the light of the most recent scholarship. All the teams are international, reflecting the fact that there are now probably more university historians of France outside the country than in it. Nor is the outside world neglected in the content of each volume, where French activity abroad receives special coverage. Apart from this, however, the team responsible for each volume has chosen its own priorities, presenting what it sees as the salient characteristics of its own period. Some have chosen to offer stimulating reinterpretations of established themes; others have referred to explore long-neglected or entirely new topics which they believe now deserve emphasis. All the volumes, however, have an introduction and conclusion by their editor, and include an outline chronology, plentiful maps, and a succinct guide to further reading in English.

Running from Clovis to Chirac, the seven volumes in the series offer a lively, concise, and authoritative guide to the history of a country and a culture which have been central to the whole development of Europe, and often widely influential in the world beyond.

William Doyle

University of Bristol

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