History of the French Revolution - Vol. 1

History of the French Revolution - Vol. 1

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History of the French Revolution - Vol. 1

History of the French Revolution - Vol. 1

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The Work of Professor von Sybel on the History of the French Revolution enjoys so high a reputation in Germany that the Translator considers it unnecessary to make any apology for presenting it to the English Public. It has long been considered by the ablest historical critics to contain the most impartial account of that great Historical Drama, which is still unrolling before our eyes, and of which we have not yet seen the catastrophe. If the Author needed any justification for re-opening a subject of such universal interest, it would be found in the long list of' documents contained in the following preface, all of which were first consulted by him, and most of them by him alone. His preliminary remarks are sufficient to show how justly he estimates the magnitude of the task he has undertaken, and with what patience, diligence, and good fortune, he has collected the great amount of' fresh materials indispensable to its due performance; but only a perusal of the work itself will enable the reader to appreciate the far higher qualities of the genuine historian -- the power of weighing evidence, and the impartiality of the just and fearless judge.

We have been so long accustomed to see histories of the French Revolution made the theatres of a series of startling melodramatic effects, or the vehicles of extreme political opinions and philosophic theories, that we are almost sur-

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