Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 2: 10 Titles) [History]

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Stories Of The French Revolution (1893) by Montgomery, Walter (????–????)

📖 Ideal for novice readers


The History Of The French Revolution (1895) by Thiers, Adolphe (1797–1877)

ℹ️ "Thiers’ ponderous book is a storehouse of information. But it whitewashes the Jacobins far too much." (Frederick Wilkins Aveling, A Brief History Of The French Revolution: Its Causes, Events, And Consequences (1789–1795))

ℹ️ "A clear, rapid, dramatic narrative, but often superficial, and, in the words of Carlyle, " as far as possible from meriting its high reputation.""
(Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)

Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/historyfrenchrev01thie/page/n7

Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/historyoffrench02thie/page/n10

Volume 3: https://archive.org/details/historyoffrench03thie/page/n10

Volume 4: https://archive.org/details/historyoffrench04thie/page/n10

Volume 5: https://archive.org/details/historyfrenchrev05thie/page/n10

The French Revolution, 1789-1795 (1897, 9th Edition) by Gardiner, Bertha Meriton (1845–1925)

ℹ️ "In writing this handbook on the French Revolution, it has been my endeavour to give a correct and impartial account of the most important events of the revolutionary period, and of the motives by which the leading characters were actuated." (Preface)



The Last Days Of The French Monarchy (1901) by MacLehose, Sophia H. (????–1912)

ℹ️ "In the following pages I have attempted to give such a sketch of the events preceding the French Revolution as shall enable the reader to approach the more important histories with interest and intelligence. The great prose poem of Carlyle takes much for granted, and to the proper understanding of such works as that of Mr. Morse Stephens some familiarity with the older court and political life of France is desirable. There is abundant material from which to gather this information, but no simple yet detailed account, and it is with the hope of supplying the want that I venture to publish this volume." (Preface)



History Of The French Revolution (1902) by James, C. L. (1846–1911)

ℹ️ "A sketch of the French Revolution by a theoretical Anarchist is likely to have whatever interest attaches to a peculiar point of view. Mr. James seems to be a theoretic Anarchist, and his book has the special interest that might be expected of such a work. It is, in fact, a readable essay, for the most part moderate in expression, usually distinguished by lucidity of style, and apparently based on wide reading. After that the book is a piece of special pleading. Mr. James’s method is not to exult over the bloodshed and madness of the Revolution, rarely to defned, though often to excuse, the atrocities of the time." (New York Times, 25/04/1903)


From The Monarchy To The Republic In France: 1788–1792 (1904) by MacLehose, Sophia H. (????–1912)

ℹ️ "In relating the story of the struggle between the Nation and the Crown which led to the fall of the old French Monarchy, I have confined myself almost entirely to the events which took place at Versailles and Paris. Every province, almost every department of France, could furnish its own history of the Revolution, each with its own peculiar interest. But the fight was fought in Paris, for not only were the King, Ministers and National Assembly there, not only were the Parisian journals and the Parisian clubs the most important in the country, but time after time, when a crisis arose, the people of Paris interfered and themselves determined the course of events. If, in describing the risings of the Parisians, I have dwelt little on their turbulent character, it is because this has been sufficiently recognised and, indeed, often exaggerated in popular histories.

I am well aware how much is left unsaid in this short account of so great a period, but in this book as in my former volume I have aimed only at giving such a resume of events as may interest the reader, and send him to the great histories for fuller information."



The Revolutionary And Napoleonic Era: 1789–1815 (1907, 6th Edition) by Rose, John Holland (1855–1942)

ℹ️ "The dramatic intensity of many phases of the French Revolution has, until recently, so absorbed the attention of students as to obscure its relation to the European Revolution. It is the chief aim of this little work to show this inter-dependence, and to explain the influence of French ideas and policy on Europe. Though this plan somewhat restricts the arena of personal achievement and romance, it will, I trust, ensure a corresponding gain in historical interest; for the European nations were then first brought into close contact, not merely by dynastic interests, but by their own conscious aspirations or antipathies. My object has been to exhibit the influences in France and Europe tending to overthrow the old systems of government and society, to trace, even amidst the apparent chaos of the French Revolution, the growth of forces which tended towards a strongly centralised government and autocracy, to describe Napoleon's work of destruction and reconstruction, and finally to analyse the character of the new national impulses which overthrew his domination. Passing over unimportant details, I have everywhere endeavoured to concentrate attention on those events and crises which exercised most influence on the formation of the European system, and to show the connection, too often ignored, between the earlier and later phases of the French Revolution. To study the intricate strifes of French parties in 1789—1795, apart from the reorganisation effected by Bonaparte, appears to me as unprofitable as to master the enunciation and construction of a geometrical problem without proceeding to its solution." (Preface)



The French Revolution, A Short History (1909) by Johnston, Robert Matteson (1867–1920)

ℹ️ "The object of this book is similar to that with which, a few years ago, I wrote a short biography of Napoleon. The main outlines of the Revolution, the proportion and relation of things, tend to become obscured under the accumulation of historical detail that is now proceeding. This is an attempt, therefore, to disentangle from the mass of details the shape, the movement, the significance of this great historical cataclysm." (Preface)


The Great French Revolution, 1789–1793 (1909) by Kropotkin, Pyotr Alexeyevich (1842–1921)

ℹ️ "JAURES has given us a series of volumes on the Revolution from the socialist point of view and now comes Kropotkin, the Russian prince
and revolutionist, with a volume presenting the communist conception of the great upheaval. It is with the role of the masses and with the
great economic changes that he is chiefly concerned, matters that have not received in the past the consideration that is due them. As a result,
the histories of the Revolution have been chiefly political histories from which one can learn but little concerning the abolition of feudalrights of the confiscation and sale of land, and of the action of the masses of the people during the period 1789-1794. And yet to Kropotkin, these things appear the fundamental facts of the Revolution.

The specialist will find here little that is new, will shake his head over many daring constructions, and will find places indicating that Kropotkin is not as well informed as he should be, but everything considered, it must be acknowledged that with all its faults the book is full of hypotheses which are worth testing and which will open the eyes of students of history who are not acquainted with the monographic work that has been done on the economic side of the Revolution. The volume was well worth translating into English and should be read by every teacher as a help to a better understanding of the great French movement of a hundred years ago."
(Fred Morrow Fling, The American Historical Review, 04/1910)


The Days Of The Directoire (1910) by Allinson, Alfred Richard (1852–1929)

ℹ️ "THE aim of this book is to present a vivid account of the extraordinary years from 1795 to 1799, when the Five Directors ruled France from the Palace of the Luxembourg; to portray the chief actors of those stirring times ; and to draw a picture of the social conditions prevailing in capital and country after the tremendous changes of the Revolution." (Preface)




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