Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.00
  • Save: $3.36 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The French Revolution: It... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The French Revolution: Its Causes, Its History and Its Legacy After 200 Years Paperback – January 13, 1994

2.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$10.64
$5.10 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$10.64 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

George Rude (1910-93) was professor emeritus of history at Concordia University and author of many books, including "The Crowd in the French Revolution" and "Revolutionary Europe". Harvey J. Kaye is Rosenberg Professor of Social Change and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His books include "The British Marxist Historians" and "The Education of Desire: Marxists and the Writing of History".
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (January 13, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802132723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802132727
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
The author does a great job of detailing the stages of the French Revolution. He takes it from the initial aristocratic revolt to the Third Estate revolt, and then to Napolean. Each stage is broken down and analyzed in short 10-12 page summaries. Although the reader gets a detailed reason why something happens, there are few stories in this analysis, so one does not get how the King or Robespierre felt on the eve of their executions. What you get is why this bloody and liberating revolution actually occurred. However, the analysis is right on target and one gets a view why things happened.

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.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In the last sentence of his book, Rude asks of the French Revolution, " Has it not rather become a page from a history book?" This book attempts to counteract this trend with a very detailed overview of the revolution. I say it is an overview because Rude spends much more time examining political events and assumes the reader has at least a basic knowledge of the key players. There is very little biographical information and I suspect this is why some of the other reviewers said it was dry.
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.
2 Comments One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I consider this book to be a very helpful. If I am not mistaken, George Rude is a Marxist. However, the book is not polemical and has a rational presentation of events. Whereas other academics have a tendency of getting bogged down in the details, George Rude has a tendency of conveying to the reader the reasons why the French Revolution had an impact on not only France but the world in general. The book is also informative; George Rude has an aptitude for describing the economic situation of pre-revolutionary and revolutionary France. Thus, distributive issues concerning wages and prices come to the fore in this book. To me, I especially find the second chapter of this book helpful; it describes the history of French Revolution historiography. However, the book should be especially remembered for its last three chapters because they describe the influence that the French Revolution had on Europe and the rest of the world as well. The last few sentences of the book intrigued me because the world has changed so much in the last 200 years. Issues concerning democracy, liberty, captitalism, nationalism and socialism have come to the fore, and the French Revolution has, in large part, caused these issues to be significant. The last few pages of the book remind the reader that she may very well forget the influence that the past has on the present and the future; in order to understand the world and possibly change it for the better, it may be becoming for the individual to have at least an elementary understanding of the importance of world history and the French Revolution. A highly recommended book.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
It is a fairly detailed study, despite its short length, written by a person who has been dedicated to this topic. It covers not only the look of the Revolution, from its beginnings, but covers other issues. For example, already in the first chapter, arises why the Revolution broke out in France and not somewhere else? Since it was not the poorest country nor the most oppressed. It tries to explain this. Then the chronological account of what may be called, the "official story". Finally, the consequences. Good for you want to have a general understanding of the subject.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The French Revolution: Its Causes, Its History and Its Legacy After 200 Years
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The French Revolution: Its Causes, Its History and Its Legacy After 200 Years