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Best Books on French Revolution

Recommendations from 12 articles, Patrick Collison, Leah Greenberg.
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Citizens
A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Simon Schama - 1990-03-17 (first published in 1989)
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Instead of a dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital & inventive, infatuated with novelty & technology. A fresh view of Louis XVI's France. A NY Times cloth bestseller. 200 illustrations. Instead of a dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital & inventive, infatuated with novelty & technology. A fresh view o...
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The Old Regime and the French Revolution
Alexis de Tocqueville - 2014-08-30 (first published in 1856)
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The book has an active table of contents for easy access to each chapter. Alexis de Tocqueville was a French historian and political scientist best known for the work Democracy in America on the American political system. Tocqueville is in the row with the greatest political and economic thinkers Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Keynes, John Locke, ...
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Twelve Who Ruled
The Year of Terror in the French Revolution (Princeton Classics (99))
R. R. Palmer - 2017-04-04 (first published in 1941)
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The Reign of Terror continues to fascinate scholars as one of the bloodiest periods in French history, when the Committee of Public Safety strove to defend the first Republic from its many enemies, creating a climate of fear and suspicion in revolutionary France. R. R. Palmer's fascinating narrative follows the Committee's deputies individually and...
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Liberty or Death
The French Revolution
Peter McPhee - 2016-05-24
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The French Revolution has fascinated, perplexed, and inspired for more than two centuries. It was a seismic event that radically transformed France and launched shock waves across the world. In this provocative new history, Peter McPhee draws on a lifetime’s study of eighteenth-century France and Europe to create an entirely fresh account of the wo...
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The Scarlet Pimpernel
Baroness Orczy - 2020-12-20 (first published in 1905)
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The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first novel in a series of historical fiction by Baroness Orczy, published in 1905. It was written after her stage play of the same title enjoyed a long run in London, having opened in Nottingham in 1903.The novel is set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The title is the nom de gue...
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Place of Greater Safety
A Novel
Hilary Mantel - 2006-11-14 (first published in 1992)
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Capturing the violence, tragedy, history, and drama of the French Revolution, this novel focuses on the families and loves of three men who led the Revolution--Danton, the charismatic leader and orator; Robespierre, the cold rationalist; and Desmoulins, the rabble-rouser....
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The Oxford History of the French Revolution
William Doyle - 2018-09-05 (first published in 1989)
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Since its first publication to mark the bicentenary of the French Revolution in 1989, this Oxford History has established itself as the Revolution's most authoritative and comprehensive one-volume history in English, and has recently been translated into Chinese. Running from the accession of Louis XVI in 1774, it traces the history of France throu...
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Interpreting the French Revolution
François Furet - 1981-09-24 (first published in 1978)
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The French Revolution is an historical event unlike any other. It is more than just a topic of intellectual interest: it has become part of a moral and political heritage. But after two centuries, this central event in French history has usually been thought of in much the same terms as it was by its contemporaries. There have been many accounts of...
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The French Revolution
Ian Davidson - 2016-12-06
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A vital and illuminating look at this profoundly important (and often perplexing) historical moment, by former Financial Times chief foreign affairs columnist Ian Davidson.The French Revolution casts a long shadow, one that reaches into our own time and influences our debates on freedom, equality, and authority. Yet it remains an elusive, perplexin...
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Democracy in America
Alexis de Tocqueville - 2002-04-01 (first published in 1835)
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Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) came to America in 1831 to see what a great republic was like. What struck him most was the country's equality of conditions, its democracy. The book he wrote on his return to France, Democracy in America, is both the best ever written on democracy and the best ever written on America. It remains the most often quote...
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Revolutionary Ideas by Jonathan Israel
From Deficit to Deluge by Thomas Kaiser
Fatal Purity by Ruth Scurr
City of Darkness, City of Light by Marge Piercy
The Giant of the French Revolution by David Lawday
French Revolution from Its Origins to 1793 by Georges Lefebvre
The First Total War by David A. Bell
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
The Gods Will Have Blood by Anatole France
Origins of the French Revolution by William Doyle
The French Revolutionary Wars by Gregory Fremont-Barnes