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The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

William Doyle

August 2001

ISBN: 9780192853967

152 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £7.99



Beginning with a discussion of familiar images of the French Revolution, garnered from Dickens, Baroness Orczy, and Tolstoy, Doyle leads the reader to the realization that we are still living with developments of the French Revolution. It destroyed the age-old cultural, institutional and social structures in France and beyond. This book looks at how the ancien regime became ancien as well as examining cases in which achievement failed to match ambition, and explores its legacy in the form of rationality in public affairs and responsible government, and completes the discussion by examining why the revolution has been so controversial.

  • William Doyle is the expert in the field, and the author of th classic text on the French Revolution
  • Best introduction to readers of all levels seeking a basic knowledge and understanding
  • Nothing else so brief but also thorough available
  • French Revolution a major topic in European History courses

About the Author(s)

William Doyle, Professor of History, University of Bristol

Table of Contents

    1.: Echoes
    2.: Why it happened
    3.: How it happened
    4.: What it ended
    5.: What it started
    6.: Why it matters
    Bibliography and further reading


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