The French Revolution: The Essential Readings
March 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
Historians typically categorize the historiography of the French Revolution according to each author's approval or disapproval of the Revolution, political agenda (for example Marxist, liberal, conservative, or feminist), or methodology (for example social, political, or cultural history). This book demonstrates the inadequacy of these categories of analysis for a nuanced understanding of the Revolution and emphasizes the surprising connections between historians typically seen simply as opponents in a debate. In its thorough introduction, The French Revolution: The Essential Readings demonstrates the success of an eclectic, interdisciplinary approach to this central period in modern European history and the larger relevance of the historiography to the humanities more generally.
Part I: Furet's Challenge.
Part II: The Enlightenment, The Public Sphere and The Question of Origins.
Part III: Class, Culture and "The Social".
Part IV: Gendering The Revolution.
Part V: Religion and The Sacred.
"For the study of the Revolution's origins, Schechter has chosen some very good pieces." H-Net Reviews
"Schechter provides a good guide through the material ... The collection is stimulating ..." Times Higher Education Supplement