Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 1: 10 Titles) [History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » May 25th, 2019, 5:24 am


By the term Historical Studies On The French Revolution, I refer stictly to studies examining linearly the events that form the French Revolution. Other studies examining numerous aspects—biographies, social factors that led to its outbreak, etc.—will be posted in other posts.

Historical View Of The French Revolution, From Its Earliest Indications To The Flight Of The King In 1791 (1841) by Michelet, Jules (1798–1874) translated by Chocks, Charles (????–????)

ℹ️ "Michelet, in the present volume, has told more completely than any of his predecessors the early history of the French Revolution, with all the indications of a revolutionary character, which had from time to time prevailed in France during the preceding century." (Notice)

ℹ️ "If a brilliant account, including all the principal events, is desired, read Michelet." (Lydia Hoyt Farmer, A Short History Of The French Revolution: For Young People)

ℹ️ "An enthusiastic, eloquent work: a real epic poem, of which "the People is the hero." It gives the clearest and most vivid impression of the Terror, but ends with the fall of Robespierre." (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)


History Of The Girondists: Or, Personal Memoirs Of The Patriots Of The French Revolution (1847) by Lamartine, Alphonse De (1790–1869)

ℹ️ "We have written after having scrupulously investigated facts and characters: we do not ask to be credited on our mere word only. Although we have not encumbered our work with notes, quotations, and documentary testimony, we have not made one assertion unauthorised by authentic memoirs, by unpublished manuscripts, by autograph letters, which the families of the most conspicuous persons have confided to our care, or by oral and well confirmed statements gathered from the lips of the last survivors of this great epoch.

Great writers have already written the records of this memorable epoch, and others still to follow will write them also. It would be an injustice to compare us with them. They have produced, or will produce, the history of an age. We have produced nothing more than a "study" of a group of men and a few months of the Revolution."

ℹ️ "If one would select character-sketches of all the notable personages of the Revolution, with little of the laws and government of France, such may be found in Lamartine's Girondists." (Lydia Hoyt Farmer, A Short History Of The French Revolution: For Young People)

Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/historyofgirondi01lamaiala/page/n1/mode/2up

Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/historyofgirondi02lamaiala/page/n8/mode/2up

Volume 3: https://archive.org/details/historyofgirondi03lamaiala/page/n5/mode/2up

History Of The French Revolution (1853, 3d Edition) by Jobson, David Wemyss (????–????)


The French Revolution Of 1789: As Viewed In the Light Of Republican Institutions (1859) by Abbott, John Stevens Cabot (1805–1877)

ℹ️ "FOR some years the author of this work has been collecting materials for writing the history of the French Revolution. With this object in view he has visited Paris, wishing also to become familiar with the localities rendered immortal by the varied acts of this drama—the most memorable tragedy, perhaps, which has as yet been enacted upon the theatre of time. In addition to the aids which he has thus derived from a brief sojourn in Paris, he has also found the library of Bowdoin College peculiarly rich in all those works of religious and political philosophizings which preceded and ushered in these events, and in the narratives of those contemporary historians who recorded the scenes as they occurred, or which they themselves witnessed.

The writer would not take up his pen merely to repeat the story which has so often and so graphically been told before. But it is expecting too much of human nature to imagine that the struggles of an oppressed people to emancipate themselves from feudal despotism can be impartially narrated in the castles of nobles or in the courts of kings. It is inevitable that the judgment which is pronounced upon the events which such a struggle involves will be biased by the political principles of the observer. Precisely the same transaction will by one be condemned and by another applauded. He who believes in the divine right of kings to reign and in the divine obligation of the people unquestioning to obey, must condemn a people who endeavor to break the shackles of despotic power, and must applaud kings and nobles who, with all the energies of bomb-shells, sabres, and iron hoofs, endeavor to crush the spirit of democratic freedom. On the contrary, he who accepts the doctrine that sovereignty resides in the people must commend the efforts of an inthralled nation to sever the chains of servitude, and must condemn the efforts of kings and nobles to rivet those chains anew. Thus precisely the same facts will be regarded with a very different judgment according as the historian is influenced by political principles in favor of equality of rights or of aristocratic privilege. The author of this work views the scenes of the French Revolution from a republican stand-point. His sympathies are strongly with an oppressed people struggling for political and religious liberty. All writers, all men profess to love liberty."



History Of The French Revolution (1867) by Sybel, Heinrich Von (1817–1895)

ℹ️ "The Work of Professor von Sybel on the History of the French Revolution enjoys so high a reputation in Germany that the Translator considers it unnecessary to make any apology for presenting it to the English Public. It has long been considered by the ablest historical critics to contain the most impartial account of that great Historical Drama, which is still unrolling before our eyes, and of which we have not yet seen the catastrophe.

We have been so long accustomed to see histories of the French Revolution made the theatres of a series of startling melodramatic effects, or the vehicles of extreme political opinions and philosophic theories, that we are almost surprised to find in the following pages ;i sober statement of facts concerning every portion of the national life of France, during the most fiery trial through which a nation was ever called upon to pass. Foregoing the comparatively easy and popular task of dazzling the reader by a display of all the strange and brilliant meteors which flitted across the wild and bloody waves of revolution, he has endeavoured to open before us the depths from which they rose — to make us acquainted with the great masses of the people, in their errors, sufferings and crimes; and to trace the fearful consequences of arbitrary violence, whether exercised in the name of a crowned despot, a privileged aristocracy, or a sovereign mob.

Some objection may possibly be taken to the title of this work, as being too narrow for a history, which, as the Author himself observes, embraces the whole of Europe. But the reader will find, that even when the recital leads him away from French affairs, it is only that he may see them from various sides, and gain a better understanding of the phenomena of the Revolution; and he will come to the conclusion that a true history of Revolutionary France must of necessity be, to a certain extent, a history of all the countries affected by, and mutually affecting, the convulsions by which the French nation was afflicted."
(Translator's Preface)

Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/cu31924022604619/page/n5

Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/cu31924022604627/page/n5

Volume 3: https://archive.org/details/cu31924022604635/page/n8

Volume 4: https://archive.org/details/cu31924022604643/page/n8

The French Revolution And First Empire: An Historical Sketch (1874) by Morris, William O'Connor (1824–1904)

ℹ️ "It is unnecessary to say that, in an epitome of this kind, innumerable details must be altogether left out, and that a small space only can be allotted to even important occurrences which would be set forth at length in a complete narrative. Nor has it been possible for me — my object being to describe the principal facts of the French Revolution and First Empire — to comment largely on the institutions of old France, or to show fully how they contributed to the events that followed 1789. An abridgement cannot be a real History; and, apart from defects peculiar to it, I am conscious that this volume must at best be an imperfect miniature of the grand drama of human action and life which it endeavors to delineate. Still I am not without hope that I have represented, in something like exact outline, the great features of that period of trouble and war through which France passed from 1789 to 1815 ; and I trust I have placed events in their true proportions, and that the opinions I have expressed are correct and moderate." (Preface)


A Short History Of The French Revolution: For Young People (1889) by Farmer, Lydia Hoyt (1842–1903)

ℹ️ "THE French Revolution is an anomaly in the history of the world. There have been other revolutions; other monarchies have been overthrown; other republics have been established; but nowhere in the annals of time can there be found an exact counterpart to the French Revolution of 1789 to 1799.

As to the causes of this appalling spectacle, none of the many historians who have written upon the subject have undertaken definitely, or exhaustively, to state all the causes thereof, or even to define completely those they suggest as bearing upon the subsequent events.

We are too near, and yet too far from those thrilling scenes to obtain a perfect political perspective, whereby we may rightly judge of the necessary lights and shadows, and form a correct opinion of this revolting masterpiece of history, which, though it terrifies us by its ghastly horrors, is, nevertheless, a true picture of what unbridled evil, working through the ignoble passions of human nature, will produce when unrestrained by religion, intelligence, and law.

To those who have not the leisure to make such an exhaustive study of this remarkable epoch in the world's history, the present volume offers a rapid, and we hope a clear, résumé of the most important events of the French Revolution.

We have scattered here and there over its pages some of the brightest gems of thought, gathered from the treasure-stores of all these authors, so that the reader may obtain some knowledge of each of these illustrious historians without arduous research."



The Foes Of The French Revolution (1889) by Lieb, Hermann (1826–1908)

ℹ️ "My motives in writing this volume were threefold: First, this being the centennial year of the French Revolution, a short review of its causes, its course, and its results, appear to me to be desired by a class of readers who have neither the time nor the opportunity to make an extended study of this event.

Second, in this age of research, the most valuable concern of history is not so much the facts and dates as the motives which impelled its principal actors. Such being the case, I have not presumed to write a history of the French Revolution, but have endeavored to show its legitimacy and point out some of the causes of its partial miscarriage.

My third and principal motive, however, was a sincere desire to strengthen, by way of comparison, the faith of the American youth in the system of free and independent States, as the only system capable of resisting all attacks against the integrity of a republic from without and within."


The History Of The French Revolution: 1789 To 1795 Or A Country Without A God (1890) by Northrop, Henry H. (????–????)

ℹ️ "My first endeavor in writing this History has been to tell the truth. The work is not designed for the scholar alone, but for the masses of the people also. The subject of the French Revolution has occupied my leisure hours, more or less, for thirty-five years. During a vast historical reading on many subjects, I have perused almost everything published in English, and much in French, upon this theme. Besides possessing a considerable library of my own, I have had full access to the Brown University Library, and the Public Library of Providence, R. I. In previous studies upon the French Revolution, I spent a year among the treasures of the Astor Library in New York City. This work is the fruit of honest research and wide and impartial study for many years.

I have been solicitous to do full justice to all the great actors in this mighty drama and terrible and bloody tragedy. I have sought to exhibit Louis XVL, Marie Antoinette, the Duke of Orleans, Lafayette, Bailly, Dumourier, Petion ; the Terrorists Danton, Robespierre, and Marat, and the illustrious women like Madame Roland, as they actually
were. I have weighed the probabilities in conflicting statements as to facts and tried to give that which seemed to me nearest to the truth. My effort has been to write an impartial history. But in doing so I have not forgotten God and
his government, nor Christ and his religion. I have freely presented the moral suggestions which naturally arise in contemplating and in recording the events of that dreadful convulsion.

This book is written from the standpoint of Evangelical Christianity, but I have sought most conscientiously to be entirely just, truthful, and fair. That it is imperfect, as all human productions are, the author well knows."


The French Revolution (1890–1897) by McCarthy, Justin Huntly (1860–1936)

Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/cu31924019176043/page/n7 or https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution01mccaiala/page/n5

Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/cu31924019176050/page/n7 or https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution02mccaiala/page/n7


Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 2)

Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 3)

Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 4)
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Post by Elizabby » May 27th, 2019, 2:52 am

Thanks for these! I'm sure I'll take up at least one of these!

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Post by Elizabby » June 6th, 2019, 12:09 am

I've just realised that #10 is the companion volume to the biography of Napoleon I've just launched, so I might do that one next!

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Post by annise » June 6th, 2019, 12:17 am

I started Thomas Carlyle French Revolution volume 1, it is a 3 volume work, the first one https://librivox.org/the-french-revolution-volume-1-the-bastille-by-thomas-carlyle/ is done but there hasn't been interest in the next 2.


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