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

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Post by LectorRecitator » November 20th, 2019, 5:23 pm

The French Revolution, 1789–1795 (1892) by Symes, John Elliotson (1847–1921)

ℹ️ "The French Revolution may be studied from many different sides. It may be viewed as a succession of thrilling incidents, or as the attempt to realize certain ideals, or as a portion of the International History of Europe, or as the destruction of mediæval institutions, or as a series of political and social experiments.

I have tried, in this book, to combine these points of view so far as seemed practicable in the space at my disposal. This has, of course, necessitated a rigorous exclusion of all minor incidents, and even of many that were by no means unimportant. My object has been not so much to record facts, as to arrange them in such a way as shall bring out their significance, and especially, their relation to the problems of our own time. I have even ventured in a brief concluding chapter to point out what seem to me the chief lessons taught by the Revolution."


The French Revolution (1893) by Mallet, Charles Edward (1862–1947)

ℹ️ "I HAVE not attempted in this small volume to write a history of the French Revolution. The events of that dramatic narrative have been sketched by many hands and are to be found in a hundred histories. They hardly need retelling now. I have rather endeavoured, while taking for granted some knowledge of the story, to supply what handbooks generally have not space to give, and to collect in a convenient form some of the information, the suggestions and ideas which are to be found in larger books of comment and enquiry. Works like those of M. de Tocqueville, M. Taine, M. Michelet, M. Louis Blanc, and Professor Von Sybel are not always easily obtained. Their cost and their length alike render them inaccessible to those whom time and necessity compel to be superficial students. I have therefore tried to summarise to a certain extent what these and other writers tell us ; to dwell on some economic and political aspects of French society before the Revolution ; to explain the more obvious reasons why the Revolution came ; to show why the men who made it, failed, in spite of all their fine enthusiasm, to attain the liberty which they so ardently desired, or to found the new order which they hoped to see in France ; to describe how, by what arts and accidents, and owing to what deeper causes, an inconspicuous minority gradually grew into a victorious party, and assumed the direction of events ; to point out in what way external circumstances kept the revolutionary fever up, and forced the Revolution forward, when the necessity for its advance seemed to many to be over, and its own authors wished it to pause; and to make clearer, if I could, to others, what has always been to me the mystery of the time, the real character and aims of the men who grasped the supreme power in 1793-4, who held it with such a combination of energy and folly, of heroism and crime, and who proceeded, through anarchy and terror, to experiment how social misery could be extinguished and universal felicity attained, by drastic philosophic remedies, applied by despots and enforced by death. History offers no problem of more surpassing interest, and none more perplexing or obscure.

I am not conscious of approaching the subject with a bias in favour of any party. I have no cause to plead for or against any individual or group of men. I have tried to read all sides, and to allow for those deep-rooted prejudices which seem to make most Frenchmen incapable of judging the event. But when, on the information before me, the facts seem clear, I have not hesitated to praise, or censure, or condemn. I will only add that I have considered very carefully the judgments which I have expressed, though I cannot hope that they will recommend themselves to all alike."



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 "If one prefers a quiet, stately narrative, without dramatic fire, read Thiers." (Lydia Hoyt Farmer, A Short History Of The French Revolution: For Young People)

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)



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Post by laughingcat302 » January 26th, 2020, 8:40 pm


I will be happy to claim this one:

Stories of the French revolution
by Montgomery, Walter

Thanks for the advice!

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Post by LectorRecitator » January 26th, 2020, 9:19 pm

laughingcat302 wrote:
January 26th, 2020, 8:40 pm

I will be happy to claim this one:

Stories of the French revolution
by Montgomery, Walter

Thanks for the advice!

NL/ VioletBleu
My pleasure.

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