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The French Revolution and Empire: The Quest for a Civic Order

ISBN: 978-0-631-23362-6
436 pages
January 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book provides students and general readers with an introduction to revolutionary France whilst also presenting a clear argument to explain the events of the period.

  • Provides students and general readers with an introduction to revolutionary France .
  • Also presents a clear argument to explain the events of the period.
  • Argues that the French Revolution encountered resistance from the poor as well as the privileged.
  • Includes substantial discussion of society and government under Napoleon.
  • Contextualizing material in each chapter aids students new to the topic.
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Introduction: The Problem and the Thesis.

1. The Origins of the Revolution in France.

2. The First Year of Liberty.

3. Subjects Become Citizens.

4. The perjured King and War.

5. The First Year of Equality.

6. Terror and the New Republican Man.

7. The Language of Terror.

8. Collapse and Vengeance.

9. The Failure of Law.

10. Citizens Into Subjects.

11. Napoleon and Thirty Million Frenchmen.

12. The Failure of Empire.

Conclusion: Towards a Future Democracy.

Bibliography.

Index.

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D. M. G. Sutherland has been Professor of History at the University of Maryland since 1986. Before that, he taught in Canada and in the United Kingdom. His first book, The Chouans: A Social History of Popular Counterrevolution in Upper Brittany, 1780–1795 (1982), received honourable mention from the Canadian Historical Association. He also shared the Koren Prize awarded by the Society for French Historical Studies for the best article in a given year. He has received a number of other awards and fellowships of which the most recent is the Guggenheim Fellowship for 2001–02.
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  • Provides students and general readers with an introduction to revolutionary France .

  • Also presents a clear argument to explain the events of the period.

  • Argues that the French Revolution encountered resistance from the poor as well as the privileged.

  • Includes substantial discussion of society and government under Napoleon.

  • Contextualizing material in each chapter aids students new to the topic.
See More

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