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The French Revolution

Second Edition

J. M. Roberts

Publication Date - November 1997

ISBN: 9780192892928

192 pages

Retail Price to Students: $84.99


In this book John Roberts studies the puzzling nature of what came to be called the French Revolution, with its Janus-like aspect, looking to past and future at the same time. The five main sections deal with the beginnings of the Revolution; the Revolution in France seen as a great disruption; the Revolution in France as the vehicle of continuity; the Revolution abroad; and the Revolution as history and as myth.

This lively and authoritative book, which will appeal to the general readers and student of history alike, makes a significant and original contribution to our understanding of the French Revolution. This new edition takes into account the recent discoveries in regional and local revolutionary history, and includes a thoroughly updated bibliography.

About the Author(s)

J. M. Roberts was Vice-Chancellor of Southampton University 1979-85 and then Warden of Merton College until his retirement in 1994.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 1978

Table of Contents

    1. Beginning
    2. The Revolution as discontinuity: (i) The Constituent
    3. The Revolution as discontinuity (ii) The War
    4. The Revolution as continuity
    5. The Revolution at large
    6. The Revolution as history and myth
    Further reading in English
    Table of major events and dates, 1787-1800