Historical Studies On The French Revolution (Part 4: 7 Titles) [History]

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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)


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


The French Revolution And Napoleon (1917) by Hazen, Charles Downer (1868–1941)

ℹ️ "There is as yet no really good one-volume history of the French Revolution in English. We, therefore, knowing the character of the work of the gifted author of Europe Since 1815, welcomed the present book from his pen with high hopes. We confess we have been somewhat disappointed. In the first place it was not originally planned as an independent volume, but consists of chapters taken from a larger work, the author's Modern European History. As the present volume devotes 99 out of 365 pages to the Old Regime, a better title would perhaps have been The Old Regime in Europe and the French Revolution. Again in the book under review we miss the intimate knowledge and wide grasp of the subject-matter which distinguished the Europe Since 1815. Professor Hazen has too closely followed Aulard, even to the extent of making Robespierre "practically dictator" for nearly four months during the Red Terror (page 213), and of calling him a "hypocrite." But these criticisms apart, the book is written with the author's usual charm of style and capacity for throwing into picturesque relief the points which he wishes to emphasize." (S. L. Ware, The Sewanee Review, 04/1917)


The Story Of The French Revolution (1922) by Bax, Ernest Belfort (1854–1926)

ℹ️ "The following sketch of the course of the French Revolution was originally published during 1889 in serial form in "Justice," the weekly organ of the Social Democratic Federation. It has been revised, corrected, and, in some parts, added to, for the present re-issue. It need scarcely be said that it in no way pretends to be a complete history of the great political, social, and intellectual movement it describes. The present volume is designed primarily as a guide to those who, not having the time to study larger works on the subject, yet wish during these centennial years to have in a small compass a connected description of the main events of the French Revolution, more especially from the point of view of modern Socialism." (Author's Preface)


The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch (1922) by Geer, Walter (1857–1937)

ℹ️ "In writing on the subject of the French Revolution, it is not easy to fix either the starting-point or the end. The story can hardly begin with the assembling of the States-General in the spring of 1789. To be intelligible, it must go back at least to the close of the reign of Louis the Fourteenth. At the other end, it is difficult to stop short of the advent of Bonaparte in the autumn of 1799. It is also difficult at times to follow the strict chronological order of events. Even at the risk of some repetition, it is necessary that facts of the same kind should be grouped together. To attempt, for example, to explain simultaneously the conflict of parties at Paris, and the battles on the frontier, would only produce confusion in the mind of the reader. In order to make the narrative clear, it has been thought best, therefore, to present the facts, turn by turn, in several parallel series, rather than in their chronological sequence." (Foreword)


The French Revolution: 1789–1815 (1923, New Edition, Revised And Enlarged) by Mathews, Shailer (1863–1941)

ℹ️ "In the present edition of The French Revolution—a Sketch I have rearranged the material descriptive of the pre-revolutionary period, and have somewhat developed the treatment of the economic forces which helped bring about the Revolution. The section dealing with the work of the Committee of Public Safety has also been revised in order to embody certain conclusions reached by specialists in the field. At various other points the older editions of the book have been modified in the light of recent literature. The most important change in the volume, however, is the addition of an entire new Part, dealing with the Napoleonic period as a phase of the history of the revolution. It no longer seems to me possible to follow my plan in the original edition of the volume and to regard the Revolution as having closed with the appointment of the Directory. The world has of late been given many lessons in revolution as well as in the influence of socialized ideas, the rise of military efficiency, the might of unified national campaigns, and the fatal power of imperialism. Living as we do in an epoch resembling those which followed as well as preceded the French Revolution, we are able to see that event in its true perspective. The career of Napoleon now appears to be more than the successor of that social change which began so many years before the meeting of the States General. It was the continuation of that change." (Preface To The Enlarged Edition)



A Short History Of The French Revolution (1924) by Humphrys, I. Hutchinson (????–????)

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