A Companion to the French Revolution by Peter McPhee

By Peter McPhee

A better half to the French Revolution contains twenty-nine newly-written essays reassessing the origins, improvement, and influence of this nice turning-point in sleek history.
• Examines the origins, improvement and influence of the French Revolution
• good points unique contributions from prime historians, together with six essays translated from French.
• offers a wide-ranging review of present ancient debates at the revolution and destiny instructions in scholarship
• provides both thorough remedy to either factors and results of the French Revolution

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The Enlightenment has merged into the new cultural history. In my opinion, like the Enlightenment, the cultural developments can be more easily linked to the choices revolutionaries made once the state had failed than to the process that brought about its failure. That is not to say there are no links, just that they still need exploring more precisely in their political context to isolate them from the general mass of cultural phenomena currently evoked. The notion of cultural origins is too vague; instead of saying that the Revolution was the product of the many cultural changes that were taking place, we need to know which cultural elements were important for precisely which choices.

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However, we should note that they were also representatives of a “proprietary capitalism” and so did benefit enormously from the recycling of their investment in office into the purchase of church and émigré property whose sale was decreed by the early Revolution. ), and not on the members of the Third Estate in France as a whole, who did indeed play a much greater role in government once the Revolution had begun: as municipal officers, local government officials, and members of the Jacobin clubs.

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