A Very Short Introduction: The French Revolution

The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction chronicles the unfolding events of the French Revolution, from the quarrels of the first revolutionaries with the king, to the Terror, to the rise of Napoleon. It explores why the French Revolution happened and what factors led up to the initial outburst of violence, and further considers how and why the revolution destroyed the age-old cultural, institutional and social structures in France.

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About this item

Weight 0.18 kg
Dimensions 17.5 × 11 × 1 cm
Author/s

William Doyle

ISBN

9780198840077

Released

2019

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Length

152 pages

Audience

students, teachers

Format

print book

The French Revolution is a time of history made familiar from Dickens, Baroness Orczy, and Tolstoy, as well as the legends of let them eat cake, and tricolours. Beginning in 1789, this period of extreme political and social unrest saw the end of the French monarchy, the death of an extraordinary number of people beneath the guillotine’s blade during the Terror, and the rise of Napoleon, as well as far-reaching consequences still with us today, such as the enduring ideology of human rights, and decimalisation.

In this Very Short Introduction, William Doyle introduces the French old regime and considers how and why it collapsed. Retelling the unfolding events of the revolution, he analyses why the revolutionaries quarrelled with the king, the church and the rest of Europe, why this produced Terror, and finally how it accomplished rule by a general. Doyle also discusses how and why the revolution destroyed the age-old cultural, institutional and social structures in France and beyond. In this new edition, Doyle includes new sections highlighting the main developments in the field since the first edition, before exploring the legacy of the revolution in the form of rationality in public affairs and responsible government.

About the Series

The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. These expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

What’s new in this edition?

  • Highlights the main developments in the field since the first edition
  • Includes a fully updated Further Reading section