Contesting the French Revolution
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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"This book is no neutral survey of historiography, bur an engaged contribution to the debate. Hanson challenges older revisionism by endorsing recent studies that emphasize social conflict as key to the French Revolution, and he contests interpretations of the Terror or of revolutionary violence as the outcomes of revolutionary ideology." (Journal of World History, September 2010)
"Recommended [for] Graduate students [and] faculty." (CHOICE, February 2010) Designed as an introduction both to the Revolution and to the historical controversies that surround it, Contesting the French Revolution is an assured, erudite survey of recent scholarship by an accomplished historian of the Revolution. (H-France, April 2010)"Contesting the French Revolution provides an invaluable account of recent thinking on the history and politics of the French Revolution. Hanson does not 'take sides', but by explaining what underlies the debates, and why historians have found the politics of the Revolution so important and yet so contentious, he makes it possible for students to make up their own minds. This is the best kind of teaching. Above all, he shows why the French Revolution still matters. The written style is beautifully expressed, elegant and lucid."
–Marisa Linton, Kingston University
"Paul Hanson breathes new life into the events and ideas of the French Revolution and makes clear their relevance to topics of contemporary concern. His balanced and sensitive approach to issues such as state-sponsored and popular violence, as well as what he terms 'routine violence', will be appreciated by both scholars and students alike. Hanson's engaging and accessible writing makes the book ideal for use in the classroom."
–Denise Davidson, Georgia State University