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The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny

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Textbook coverage of the French Revolution leaves readers with an impression of university students with starry-eyed optimism, the storming of the Bastille, and suddenly the Reign of Terror. The name of Robespierre is probably familiar, and perhaps that of Danton and Marat… and did Voltaire have something to do with it? The details are probably foggy and the course of events, inexplicable. This book thoughtfully and fervidly connects those dots, filling in the gaps with vivid details. The result is an alarming, but absolutely compelling, story, told with an imperative thrust that carries the reader inexorably through the factions, philosophies, and oversized personalities that overcame the initial idealism of “Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” devolved into the Terreur, and paved the way for Napoleon and the Empire. It is a fascinating story, with long-lasting repercussions and lessons even for the present day. There is much more to the French Revolution than just the guillotine and the profligate Marie Antoinette or the overthrow of the Ancien Régime and the aristocracy, although all of these are part. Readers will be riveted and will find themselves caught up in the turmoil, violence, and chaos that defined these few short years.

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Author:
Ian Davidson
Page Count:
336 pages
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Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Publish Date:
2016-Dec-06
ISBN:
9781681772509
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Issue:
August 2017
Category:
History
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Book Author

Ian Davidson

Publisher

Pegasus Books

Issue

August 2017

ASIN

1681772507

ISBN

9781681772509

Kindle ASIN

B01E9EHVTK

Page Count

336 pages

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Publication Date

2016-Dec-06

“The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny”

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