Origins of the French Revolution

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FURTHER READING

Most of the work on which this book is based is referred to in the footnotes. The following list is a selection of other works of synthesis, or collections of documents or readings on the Revolutions's origins or early stages, published since the first edition in 1980.

Blanning T. C. W., The French Revolution. Class War or Culture Clash? ( 2nd edn, London, 1997). Crisp, concise summary of the state of the debate.

Blanning T. C. W., The Rise and Fall of the French Revolution ( Chicago, 1996). Collection of key articles with critical commentary by the editor.

Chartier R., The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution ( Durham, NC, 1991). Authoritative if hesitant post-revisionist synthesis.

Comninel G. C., Rethinking the French Revolution ( London, 1987). Marxist interpretation which accepts the findings of revisionism but attempts to retrieve something from the wreckage. Thoughtful and imaginative.

Doyle W., Officers, Nobles, and Revolutionaries. Essays on Eighteenth-Century France ( London, 1995). Collection of essays by the present author, from both before and after 1980.

Edmonds B., 'Successes and excesses of Revisionst writing about the French Revolution', European History Quarterly 17 ( 1987), 196-217. Blistering attack on revisionism, mainly that of the present author.

Fitzsimmons M. P., The Remaking of France. The National Assembly and the Constitution of 1791 ( Cambridge, 1994). Thoughtful and sympathetic reappraisal of the Constituent Assembly's aspirations.

Forster R., and Tackett T. (eds), 'The origins of the French Revolution: a debate', French Historical Studies 16 ( 1990), 741-65. Perhaps the best approach to the state of the debate in the bicentennial year of 1989.

Gruder Vivian R., 'Whither Revisionism?' French Historical Studies ( 1997). An early revisionist ponders whether this trend has run its course.

Lewis G., The French Revolution. Rethinking the Debate ( London, 1993). Rearguard action by the sentimental left. A lively read.

Hampson N., Prelude to Terror. The Constituent Assembly and the Failure of Consensus, 1789- 1791 ( Oxford, 1988). Thoughtful analysis of why the Revolution of 1789 veered off course.

Hobsbawm E. J., Echoes of the Marseillaise. Two Centuries Look Back on theFrench Revolution

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Prefatory Note vii
  • Contents *
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Writings on Revolutionary Origins Since 1939 3
  • 1 - The Classic Interpretation 5
  • 2 - Revisionism 10
  • 3 - Post-Revisionism 35
  • Part II - The Breakdown of the Old Regime 43
  • 4 - The Financial Crisis 45
  • 5 - The System of Government 54
  • 6 - Opposition 65
  • 7 - Public Opinion 76
  • 8 - Reform and its Failure, 1787-1788 91
  • Part III - The Struggle for Power 109
  • 9 - The Nobility 111
  • 10 - The Bourgeoisie 121
  • 11 - The Election Campaign, September 1788 to May 1789 131
  • 12 - The Economic Crisis 148
  • 13 - The Estates-General, May and June 1789 157
  • 14 - The People of Paris 166
  • 15 - The Peasantry 178
  • 16 - Conclusion: The New Regime and its Principles 189
  • Notes 197
  • Further Reading 226
  • Index of Authors Cited 229
  • General Index 233
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