Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 3: 10 Titles)

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The French Revolution, A Political History 1789–1804 (1910) by Aulard, François-Alphonse (1849–1928)

ℹ️ "In this Political History of the French Revolution, I propose to show how the principles of the Declaration of Rights were, between 1789 and 1804, put into operation by the institutions of the time ; or interpreted by speeches, by the press, by the policies of the various political parties, and by the manifestations of public opinion. Two of these principles, the principle of the equality of rights, and the principle of national sovereignty, were those most often invoked in the elaboration of the new state politic. They are, historically, the essential principles of the Revolution ; variously conceived, differently applied, according to the period. The chief object of this book is the narration of the vicissitudes which these two principles underwent.

In other words, I wish to write the political history of the Revolution from the point of view of the origin and the development of Democracy and Republicanism."
(Author's Preface)

ℹ️ "A great political history of the Revolutionary era. His narrative is intelligent and instructive beyond all others, and is remarkably free from prejudice. He maintains that, on the eve of the Revolution, no one had ever dreamed of the establishment of a republic in France. It was the King, who refused loyally to accept his new role of Constitutional monarch, who was responsible for the fall of the Throne, which was precipitated by the written proofs of his treason seized by the victors of the 10 August. Out of the exasperation of all patriots over the invasion of France by Austria and Prussia, to replace Louis on his throne, was born the Republic." (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)

Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/thefrenchrevolut01aula/page/n6

Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution02aula/page/n6

Volume 3: https://archive.org/details/thefrenchrevolut03aula/page/n6

Volume 4: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution04aula/page/n6

The French Revolution (June 1911, Revised Edition) by Belloc, Hilaire (1870–1953)

⚠️ The catalogued recording is of the first edition of April 1911.

ℹ️ "The object of these few pages is not to recount once more the history of the Revolution: that can be followed in any one of a hundred text-books. Their object is rather to lay, if that be possible, an explanation of it before the English reader; so that he may understand both what it was and how it proceeded, and also why certain problems hitherto unfamiliar to Englishmen have risen out of it." (Preface)

https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution00bell/page/n5

https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolutio00bell/page/n5

The French Revolution (1913) by Taine, Hippolyte (1828–1893)

ℹ️ "The former reputation of all these historians has been to a great extent effaced by that of Taine. Although equally impassioned, he threw a brilliant light upon the revolutionary period, and it will doubtless be long before his work is superseded.

Work so important is bound to show faults. Taine is admirable in the representation of facts and persons, but he attempts to judge by the standard of rational logic events which were not dictated by reason, and which, therefore, he cannot interpret. His psychology, excellent when it is merely descriptive, is very weak as soon as it becomes explanatory. To affirm that Robespierre was a pedantic "swotter" is not to reveal the causes of his absolute power over the Convention, at a time when he had spent several months in decimating it with perfect impunity. It has very justly been said of Taine that he saw well and understood little. Despite these restrictions his work is highly remarkable and has not been equalled."
(Gustave Le Bon, The Psychology Of Revolution)

ℹ️ "Taine’s many volumes are full of thought, and well worth reading." (Frederick Wilkins Aveling, A Brief History Of The French Revolution: Its Causes, Events, And Consequences (1789–1795))

ℹ️ "His work is the most scientific, and one of the ablest that we possess; but, in the words of Lord Acton, Taine is a pathologist, and not a historian, and his book is no substitute for history." (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)

Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution01tainuoft/page/n8 or http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2578

Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution02tainuoft/page/n6 or http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2579

Volume 3: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution03tainuoft/page/n6 or http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2580

The French Revolution: From The Age Of Louis XIV To The Coming Of Napoleon (1913) by Wheeler, Harold Felix Baker (1877–1947)

ℹ️ "In the following pages I have attempted to tell the story of the French Revolution in a simple and straightforward way for those readers who do not profess an intimate knowledge of the great upheaval. They will find how the day of reckoning began to get gradually and sometimes almost imperceptibly nearer from the days when Louis the Great ruled with despotic sway, how the literary work of Voltaire, Rousseau, and other advanced writers and thinkers assisted in the movement towards reform, aided by the cultured chit-chat of the salons and the spreading of democratic ideas by those who had taken part in the War of American Independence. They will see how the question of national finance and the quarrels between Louis XVI and the Parlements led to the calling of the three Orders to Versailles and to the momentous step taken by the Commons when they attempted to solve their own particular problems by means of the National Assembly. Local government, mob rule, and civil war followed, and parties having widely diverging ideals came into being, each with Constitutional cure-alls which failed to make a lasting improvement in the feverish condition of the body-politic. The outbreak of war, the King's complicity in it, the formation of all-powerful Committees which brought victory to the French beyond the frontier and tragedy to many at home, to give place in turn to reaction, the miserable uncertainties of the Directory and the beginning of the iron rule of " the little Corsican " are detailed." (Introduction)

https://archive.org/details/cu31924024314431/page/n7

https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution00wheeuoft/page/n8

The French Revolution (1914) by Adams, Henry Packwood (1881–????)

ℹ️ "THIS is an elementary book; it aims, above all, at making the story clear. Its other purpose, not less important, is to indicate the present state of the chief problems associated with the great Revolution. It is based mainly on the reading of Acton, Sorel, Aulard, Kropotkin, Belloc, and the writers of the " Cambridge Modern History " ; but though in its preparation the use of original authorities has been supplementary—not to say decorative—it is hoped that the book will supply the particular readers for whom it is intended with something essentially differing from what they can get from the few excellent handbooks of similar size that exist." (Preface)

https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolutio00adamgoog/page/n4

https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution00adamuoft/page/n5

High Lights Of The French Revolution (1914) by Belloc, Hilaire (1870–1953)

⚠️ The Last Days Of The French Monarchy (1916) contains identical material, differently arranged, the chapter concerning Lafayette being slightly modified. Record whichever you wish.

https://archive.org/details/highlightsoffren00bell/page/n7

https://archive.org/details/highlightsoffren00bellrich/page/n9

A Brief History Of The French Revolution, Its Causes, Events, And Consequences by Aveling, Frederick Wilkins (????–????)

📖 Ideal for novice readers

ℹ️ "Having lectured for thirty years on the French Revolution and Napoleon I, I determined to try and write a popular account of the great Revolution and its successor. I have written these books as School Readers; but I trust they may also be useful for the general public." (Preface)

https://archive.org/details/briefhistoryoffr01avel/page/n9

History Of The French Revolution, From 1789 To 1814 (1915) by Mignet, François-Auguste-Marie-Alexis (1796–1884) with an Introduction by Jane, Lionel Cecil (1879–1932)

ℹ️ "One of the best short books on the subject: a judicial and learned resume." (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/9602

The French Revolution (1916) by Madelin, Louis (1871–1956)

ℹ️ "There are many readers who will not venture to embark on this labyrinth of works and documents ; my desire is to offer to these as far as possible a summary of all that has been published, in the course of years, on the subject of the Revolution, and to make them acquainted with the conclusions at which my masters and my fellow-workers have arrived. In the Introduction to his Roman History, the worthy Rollin wrote the following words : "I have not concealed the fact that I have made much use of other men's labours. ..." My work is made up of other men's labours, and if its readers find it interesting, I will beg them to consult the bibliographies, all too scanty, placed at the end of each of my chapters, and in justice to ascribe the merit of the book to the excellent collaborators therein named." (Preface)

ℹ️ "The best short history" (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)

https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution00made/page/n7

The Story Of The French Revolution (1917) by Birkhead, Alice (????–????)

https://archive.org/details/storyoffrenchrev0000birk/page/n7

SEE ALSO

Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 1)

Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 2)

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