The Two French Revolutions, 1789-1796

By Guglielmo Ferrero; Luc Monnier et al. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 1
The Collapse
of Monarchical Legitimacy

The history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries stems directly or indirectly from the French Revolution, defined as the aggregate of the extraordinary events that convulsed Europe from 1789 until the close of the Congress of Vienna in 1815. It is impossible to understand this history without first understanding the French Revolution. But how to understand it? Where to find the gauge that would enable us to compare the various accounts of events, to evaluate their importance, to judge the good or evil to which they gave rise? Until now the French Revolution has been considered from the standpoint of the great political interests which it fostered or fought, or the

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The Two French Revolutions, 1789-1796
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Two French Revolutions 1789-1796 *
  • Foreword v
  • Editor's Preface xiii
  • Contents *
  • Part I - The First Revolution *
  • Chapter 1 - The Collapse of Monarchical Legitimacy 3
  • Chapter 2 - The Constituent Assembly 30
  • Chapter 3 - The Revolution and Europe 66
  • Chapter 4 - The Convention 97
  • Chapter 5 - The Uprising of June 2, 1793 131
  • Part II - The Second Revolution *
  • Chapter 1 - The Revolutionary Government 155
  • Chapter 2 - Robespierre 183
  • Chapter 3 - The Thermidorian Reaction 203
  • Index 229
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