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The French Revolution Paperback – April 5, 1962
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"In this grand synthesis, in which every sentence could be backed up by a footnote, Lefebvre displays his judgment, his superb grasp of the sources, and the fresh insights he wrestled from his materials. All these qualities make The French Revolution a masterpiece." -- Peter Gay
"In this grand synthesis, in which every sentence could be backed up by a footnote, Lefebvre displays his judgment, his superb grasp of the sources, and the fresh insights he wrestled from his materials. All these qualities make "The French Revolution" a masterpiece." -- Peter Gay
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I ended up buying the really first volume through ABE Books.
All this aside, Lefebvre's work seems to me an admirable, fairly concise, explanation of that very complicated and very important event.
Professor Lefebvre's two volume account of that revolution is still a good place to start. Although scholarship on various aspects of the French Revolution has mushroomed since his books first appeared, especially around the time of the 200th anniversary of the revolution, most of that work has been very specialized. After over 40 years these volumes still set the standard for a general overview of the convulsions of French and European society before the rise of the Napoleonic period.
The French Revolution, like its predecessor the American Revolution, is covered with so much banal ceremony, flag- waving, unthinking sunshine patriotism and hubris it is hard to see the forest for the trees. The Bastille action while symbolically interesting is not where the real action took place nor was it politically the most significant event. For militants that comes much later with the rise of the revolutionary tribunals and the Committee of Public Safety under the leadership of the left Jacobins Robespierre and Saint Just. Their overthrow in 1794 by more moderate members of their own party, in what is known as the Thermidorian reaction, stopped the forward progression of the revolution although it did not return it back to the old feudal society.Read more ›
Lefebre, an erudite whose sympathy for the Marxism was part of the public domain, made - despite his personal vision - a well detailed process of fragmentation. Like a brilliant surgeon, his pen is a scalpel that dissects the French Revolution in several parts , classified as it follows:
A)The Aristocratic Revolution describes the position of the noblesse and the church by then, the crisis of the monarchy through which details with fluidity the denudated efforts of Necker and Calonne in order to reestablish the financial deficit of 126 millions of francs and the clash of trains this posture meant for them against the weakness of character and lack of vision of Louis XVI and the rest of his Ministers.
B)The Bourgeoise Revolution, his rise and decisive participation in these crucial events.
C)The Popular Revolution which depicts the bloody events that surrounded the previous days of the fatidic July 14yh 1989, as well as the Municipal Revolution at the Provinces .
D)The Rural revolution
E)The Night of August 4th and the declaration of the Human Rights and the Citizen.
F) October journeys
And finally an invaluable Post face of Albert Soboul.
Acquire this fundamental essay whether or not you agree with his political position.