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The French Revolution A Short History by [Johnston, R. M. (Robert Matteson)]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492339148
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ894G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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This compact history was produced by a Parisian-born, English-educated American military historian in the early years of the 20th century. Despite its age it's written in a very approachable style and is a no-nonsense, what-happened-next account of the Revolution with just enough background to give an understanding of what is going on and why. You won't find any great insights into the social, political and economic processes, but you will get a well-told account of one of modern Europe's most significant formative events.

The Kindle version has been done well; not perfect certainly, but free from the major formatting problems which sometimes beset digital versions of ancient out-of-contract works. In amongst a sea of downloadable dross this is one freebie that can be recommended.
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This is my second reading of this excellent history and, as with my recent reading of J. G. Lockhart’s History of Napoleon Buonaparte (sic) of 1906, it was prompted by the recent BBC television series on Napoleon. The series was written and presented by a friend, Andrew Roberts; but unfortunately it turned out to lack balance. By his own admission, Andrew almost worships the French emperor and others of his ilk – such as Alexander – who are, in my opinion, essentially indifferent to human suffering.
Unexpectedly, I found the second reading more memorable – and more gripping – than the first. More of its content has stuck in my mind, its pace is akin to that of a thriller, and the importance of its subject matter exudes from almost every paragraph. Though over a hundred years old now, Johnston’s language has also remained undated: it is simple and unpretentious. Above all, he is fair. While he rightly despises the despotism, corruption and narcissism of the Ancient Regime, he lays bare the frequent immaturity, egotism and cruelty – even sadism – of many of the leading figures of the revolution, which, eventually, because of their failings, ended in a military coup and the enthronement of the equally narcissistic and cruel Corsican soldier. The French revolution produced not a single hero.
I enjoyed, also, a short, introductory chapter by Johnston on the previous treatments of the subject. He describes their strengths and shortcomings – but mainly shortcomings. He describes, for example, Carlyle’s famous history as ‘a work of literature’, rather than as an objective account. (Incidentally, Mark Twain read Carlyle’s history over and over again in his last decades, the book being found beside him on his bed when he died in April1910.
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I tried to read this but gave up. Something in the text made me wonder how old it was. When I checked - first published in 1909' it's as dry as dust and unreadable.
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Surprisingly easy read considering it isn't a novel. There are probably better books out there , but I like the way the author engages you and makes you feel you want to know more after this.
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A well written description of the French Revolution upto the arrival of Napoleon in Paris. It is from the perspective of a different time when political correctness was not necessary and the events were only just over the living memory horizon. It details the events in a very unemotional way and appears to be accurate. The story flows and is written in an old fashioned but very readable style.
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It is an Edwardian book but it still covers the facts very well. It is clear and details the times and events well. For any one interested in the French Revolution this is a wonderful book for free!
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I liked it, very detailed and sometimes difficult to follow though it is. A pity that he didn't go further, but one can't complain about that really, it is a 'short history'
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An excellent concise account of the revolution, which puts clearly into context many important aspects, including the roles of many of the important people involved.
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