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Analysing the French Revolution Third Edition


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  • Analysing the French Revolution: 3rd Edition [PDF 45.5mb]

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  • Preliminary pages [PDF 5.3mb]

  • Chapter 1: The political order in France before the revolution [PDF 2.9mb]

  • Chapter 2: The social order in France before the revolution [PDF 1.9mb]

  • Chapter 3: Significant ideas: The influence of the Enlightenment [PDF 2.2mb]

  • Chapter 4: New popular movements and significant ideas before the revolution [PDF 0.9mb]

  • Chapter 5: How France's financial crisis became a political crisis, 1774-1789 [PDF 3.1mb]

  • Chapter 6: How the political crisis became a revolution, 1789 [PDF 2.4mb]

  • Chapter 7: The revolutionary events of 1789 [PDF 1.3mb]

  • Chapter 8: The role of significant individuals, 1789-1791 [PDF 2.5mb]

  • Chapter 9: The development of significant revolutionary ideas, 1789-1791 [PDF 1.0mb]

  • Chapter 10: The role of popular movements, 1789-1791 [PDF 1.4mb]

  • Chapter 11: Creating a new society, 1789-1791 [PDF 2.1mb]

  • Chapter 12: Sources of disunity in the revolution, 1789-1791 [PDF 3.0mb]

  • Chapter 13: The revolutionary events of 1792 [PDF 2.5mb]

  • Chapter 14: Creating the new society, 1792-1794 [PDF 0.9mb]

  • Chapter 15: The new society: Challenges and responses, 1792-1794 [PDF 8.3mb]

  • Chapter 16: Significant individuals: The role of Maximilien de Robespierre, 1792-1794 [PDF 1.4mb]

  • Chapter 17: Popular movements: The role of the sans-culottes in the French Revolution, 1792-1795 [PDF 1.2mb]

  • Chapter 18: Popular movements: The role of women in the French Revolution, 1789-1794 [PDF 1.9mb]

  • Chapter 19: The final settlement: The conservative republic of 1795 [PDF 2.3mb]

  • Chapter 20: Historical interpretations [PDF 1.8mb]

  • Endmatter: Glossary and index [PDF 0.3mb]

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    Wikipedia: Historiography of the French Revolution
    Idea of History: RG Collingwood, Historiography of the French Revolution
    From Burke to Schama: The Historiography of the French Revolution
    History Today: Fifty Years of Rewriting the French Revolution


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