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Origins of the French Revolution

Third Edition

William Doyle

Publication Date - July 1999

ISBN: 9780198731740

248 pages

Retail Price to Students: $62.00


First published in 1980, this book rapidly established itself as the indispensable guide for those seeking to learn what broughgt about the French Revolution--as well as those wanting to track the many debates had by historians on this issue. This new edition brings the subject up-to-date with an extensively rewritten survey of the historiography of the Revolution as it stands today, alongside a revised interpretation of this era that fully reflects the most current research. The book remains a vital starting point for anyone planning to seriously explore the greatest of all revolutions.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Writings on Revolutionary Origins since 1939
    1 The Classic Interpretation.
    3 Post-Revisionism.
    Part II: The Breakdown of the Old Regime
    4. The Financial Crisis
    5. The System of Government
    6. Opposition
    7. Public Opinion
    8. Reform and its Failure 1787-88
    Part III: The Struggle for Power
    9. The Nobility
    10. The Bourgeoisie
    11. The Election Campaign September 1788- to May 1789
    12. The Economic Crisis
    13. The Estates-General, May and June 1789
    14. The People of Paris
    15. The Peasantry
    16. Conclusion: The New Regime and its Principles
    Abbreviations, Notes, Further Reading, Index of Authors Cited, General Index

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