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Inventing the French Revolution `: Essays on French Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century (Ideas in Context) Paperback – January 26, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0521385787 ISBN-10: 0521385784 Edition: n
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"Keith Baker is undoubtedly one of the most creative historians working on the intellectual history of 18th century France...Anyone working in this field should listen carefully to what he has to say." Colin Lucas, Balliol College, Oxford

"[Professor Baker's] is an original and brilliant analysis of the central types of political discourse of the waning ancien régime." François Furet, University of Chicago

"Overall, these essays are stunning for their insight, clarity, and interpretive power....rich, complex, and challenging." Nathanael Greene, History

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A unified set of essays on one of the central themes in modern European history--the ideological origins of the French Revolution--includes historiographical studies as well as case studies.
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Product Details

  • Series: Ideas in Context (Book 16)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; n edition (January 26, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521385784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521385787
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2001
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Keith Michael Baker is a highly esteemed historian (previously at U. of Chicago, now at Stanford) of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. This book is a collection of essays that are unified by their subject matter, which can be described as "the intellectual and ideological origins of the French Revolution".
A few of these essays are more historiographical/theoretical in nature. That is to say, they are more concerned with questions of how historians approach this subject and the methods and intellectual tools they bring to bear on it. These are quite smart (and extremely influential) pieces-- and they have a general applicability to the subject of intellectual/ideological history, and not just to the French Revolution. However, like all works of historiography/methodology, the questions they pose are probably not going to be of interest to anybody other than other historians. (That's a pity really, as these are important questions that history buffs, and even just ordinary folks probably *should* take some interest in...)
Most of the essays in "Inventing the French Revolution", however, are case studies of particular ways in which political ideologies were deployed and contested before and during the Revolution. One of the most important of these has to do with the practice of writing history during the eighteenth century, as well as the collection of documents, the creation of archives, etc. Far from being a disinterested practice, Baker shows, the writing of the past was a way of engaging in partisan political debate. There were royal historians who presented the French past in such a way that tended to legitimize the claims of the crown over those of the aristocracy-- and other historians who took the opposite approach.
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I was assigned this book for a graduate level course. It is a crucial read for anyone studying the French Revolution. It demonstrates a particular side of the debate between social and intellectual historians.
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