The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
by Professor William Doyle
Editor: Oxford University Press
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Starting with a discussion of familiar images of the French Revolution, the fruit of Dickens, Baroness Orczy, Tolstoy, as well as the legends of letting them eat cake, and tricolours, Doyle leads the reader to the realization that we are still living with the evolution and consequences of the French Revolution as decimalization, and the whole ideology of human rights.Continuing with a brief investigation of the old regime and the way in which it collapsed, Doyle continues to ellucidate how the revolution happened: why the revolutionaries quarrels with the king, the church and the rest of Europe, why this product of Terror, and finally the way in which he accomplished by the general ruleThe revolution destroyed old cultural, institutional and social structures in France and beyondThis book examines how the old regime became ancient as well as examining the cases in which the achievement failure of its ambitionDoyle explores the legacy of the revolution in the form of rationality in public affairs and responsible government, and concludes his review of the revolution with a discussion of why it was so controversial.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Presentations of the Oxford University Press series contains hundreds of titles in almost every field.These paperback books are the ideal way to get ahead of time in a new topic quicklyOur experts and authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to make it interesting and stimulating topics very readable.
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