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The French Revolution Sourcebook
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This selection of original documents examines the constitutional and political problems of France in the decade 1785-1795, through the writings of contemporaries. Originally published nearly 20 years ago under the title "The French Revolution: The Fall of the Ancient Regime to the Thermidorian Reaction 1785-1795", it is now substantially revised and greatly expanded. Focusing on the period from the last years of the 'ancient regime' to the fall of Robespierre and the Thermidorian Reaction, the book traces the unsuccessful search for a political consensus and the struggle to defend the Rule of Law, and examines the two central characters in the Revolution, Louis XVI and Robespierre. New material includes a fresh section focusing on the doubts and threats that assailed the 'ancient regime' in its final years and one examining the bloody climax of the Revolution itself, Robespierre's 'Red Summer'. Other sections have been thoroughly revised and editorial commentary expanded and updated where necessary.
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The fall of the ancien regime; the constitutional monarchy; the national convention; Robespiere's red summer.

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The only available substantial selection of translated documents on the French Revolution Reflects historians' changing perceptions of the Revolution Provides a substantially expanded editorial framework for the documents selected 40% more material

About the Author

John Hardman is a Professor at Edinburgh University.

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The most accessible collection of translated French revolutionary documents is now available in a revised and expanded edition. With its informed and up-to-date commentary, it will be indispensable for all courses seeking to study this complex subject in depth. Professor William Doyle, University of Bristol, UK Hardman's provides pithy documents, seeking to offer insights into how the politicians actually worked in the circumstances and, to a lesser extent,how people responded to them. The result is a lively, readable and accessible collection. Professor Rapport, Modern and Contemporary France John Hardman's The French Revolution Sourcebook is the most thorough collection of sources on the Revolutionary period up to the end of the Terror. there is no better collection available for analysing and understanding the interplay of events, the theoretical debates, the political backstabbing, and the give-and-take that were behind the edicts of 1788, the calling of the Estates-General, the radicalisation of the National Assembly, and Robespierre's downfall. H-Net Reviews

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