By Peter McPhee

A better half to the French Revolution includes twenty-nine newly-written essays reassessing the origins, improvement, and influence of this nice turning-point in glossy history.
• Examines the origins, improvement and impression of the French Revolution
• positive aspects unique contributions from major historians, together with six essays translated from French.
• provides a wide-ranging assessment of present old debates at the revolution and destiny instructions in scholarship
• provides both thorough therapy to either factors and results of the French Revolution

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In that sense the origins of the Revolution were specifically French. But what does it mean to say specifically French in an age of international commerce of goods and ideas? The “Atlantic revolution” theory is another unresolved area for debate. A generation after Palmer wrote, sociologists, influenced by the rise of a notion of political culture and a comparative methodology, finally moved away from their essentially social view of revolution. In 1979 and 1991 two influential ­models were put forward.

Everyone read Cicero, Plutarch, and Tacitus quite as much as they read Sidney, Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu. The quarrels over Jansenism also fed into the pre-revolutionary mix in a potent way; so not all motivation was “enlightened” (Van Kley 1996). The two key discourses on virtue and patrie are typical of this range of influences (Bell 2001; Campbell 2007; Linton 2001, 2006). But Darnton argued that a literary underground of writers excluded from the institutions of the high Enlightenment (membership of academies, posts as librarians) purveyed a much more radical form of enlightenment in pamphlets, minor works, and an especially desacralizing form of political pornography (Darnton 1982).

New York: Oxford University Press. Linton, Marisa (2001). The Politics of Virtue in Enlightenment France. Houndmills: Palgrave. Linton, Marisa (2006). ” In Peter R. ). The Origins of the French Revolution. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave. 139–159. Lucas, Colin (1973). ” P&P, 60: 84–126. Markoff, John (1996). The Abolition of Feudalism: Peasants, Lords and Legislators in the French Revolution. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. Mathiez, Albert (1922). Histoire de la Révolution française.

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