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The French Revolution

The French Revolution

A short and controversial new interpretation of arguably the most important revolution of all time: the event that made the rights of man and the demand for liberty, equality and fraternity central to modern politics.

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ISBN 9781788540070
Barcode 9781788540070
Release Date 21 October 2019 by Head of Zeus
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Andress, David
Series The Landmark Library (part: 19)
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ISBN-13 9781788540070
ISBN-10 1788540077
Stock Release date is 21 October 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Head of Zeus
Release Date 21 October 2019
International Publication Date 22 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Andress, David
Series The Landmark Library (part: 19)
Category Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 216
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 200mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress France - History - Revolution, 1789-1799, France - Social conditions - 18th century
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 944.04
Catalogue Code 990181

Description of this Book

In this miraculously compressed, incisive book David Andress argues that it was the peasantry of France who made and defended the Revolution of 1789. That the peasant revolution benefitted far more people, in more far reaching ways, than the revolution of lawyerly elites and urban radicals that has dominated our view of the revolutionary period. History has paid more attention to Robespierre, Danton and Bonaparte than it has to the millions of French peasants who were the first to rise up in 1789, and the most ardent in defending changes in land ownership and political rights. 'Those furthest from the centre rarely get their fair share of the light', Andress writes, and the peasants were patronised, reviled and often persecuted by urban elites for not following their lead. Andress's book reveals a rural world of conscious, hard-working people and their struggles to defend their ways of life and improve the lives of their children and communities.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review PRAISE FOR DAVID ANDRESS: 'David Andress's important new book is a major contribution in our efforts to rethink the French Revolution' Timothy Tackett, on The Terror. 'Andress writes with verve, never allowing the pace to slacken, moving swiftly from one character or episode to another. The result is exhilarating' Tim Blanning, Sunday Telegraph, on 1789. 'To understand our current political situation, this excellent book is recommended as a handy primer' Spectator, on Cultural Dementia.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

David Andress is Professor of Modern History at the University of Portsmouth, and one of Britain's finest interpreters of the 18th and 19th centuries. His books include The French Revolution and the People (2004), The Terror (2005) and 1789 (2008). For Head of Zeus he has written a sharp polemic, Cultural Dementia: How the West Has Lost Its History and Risks Losing Everything Else - a book that analyses the rise of the National Front in France, Trump in the USA and the right-wing nationalists at the core of the Brexit project.

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