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The French Revolution: Its Causes, Its History and Its Legacy After 200 Years Paperback – January 13, 1994
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This is an interesting read and the book stages detail the stages of the Revolution. This may not be reading for everyone, but it does show why and how the French Revolution happened.
What it does very well ,however, is explained the ebb and flow of the revolution and the various parties and classes involved. Rather than treat Napoleon as having brought an end to the revolution it presents his rise as another stage in it. The last chapters are dedicated to looking at the lasting impact of the French Revolution and I think that this is the weakest point of the book because the author attempts to draw connection between it and the liberation movements of a century later despite the fact that there has been several other revolutions in the intervening time, (this is something that the author later concedes)I think it would have been more useful to at the implications of the Revolution in the contemporary French colonies such as Haiti. While I would not recommend that this be the first book one reads on the French Revolution, someone who already has some knowledge of the topic may find it informative.
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