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The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by [Doyle, William]
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About the Author

William Doyle, is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. His publications include The Oxford History of the French Revolution (1990) , Origins of the French Revolution,(1999), The Old European Order 1660-1800 (1992), and forthcoming from OUP, Old Regime France (2001).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 901 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (23 Aug. 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N19DQA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2002
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I have always been intrigued by the events of the French Revolution, partly because, as an A level History student, I have studied what a profound effect they had on the fight for political reform in 19th century Britain. However, being under an increasingly heavy workload I was understandably looking for a short introduction to the subject. Imagine my delight when I found this book!
"The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction" is the perfect length for me. My favourite part is the introductory chapter, in which Doyle links the events of the Revolution with their representations in literature and contemporary viewpoints. The book is easily divided into causes and effects, allowing a clear understanding of not only the period in question, but those preceding and following. It also contains a very full bibliography, meaning that if I find some time I will be able to read up on the subject in more depth!
To conclude, I would strongly recommend the book to anyone, student or the general reader, who wishes to gain insight into this momentous event in history.
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Fans of this series of books will know that most are very good, a few are duds, and a fair number are amazingly good. Professor Doyle's review of one of the major events in European history is firmly in that last category.

It is both an account of the events themselves and an overview of how they have been interpreted. The subject is complex and has aroused strong opinions across the ideological spectrum. Doyle gives all sides a fair hearing, but with the occasional wry comment that hints at where his own sympathies lie. The emphasis throughout is on the broader historic context rather than being an attempt to cram details into a short introduction. Both readers new to the subject and those looking for a review of where studies in the area now stand will be well served by this book.
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Few events in history have been so raked over and analysed as the French revolution. The material regarding the latter is often, at times, frenetic and confusing and it is for this reason Doyle's short introduction, not only to the event itself, but the historiography of the event, is so refreshing and extremely instructive and explanitory. Doyle provides a clearly written, comprehensive narrative to the entire affair, whilst delving at times, into the historiographical debates which have, over the years, become part of the history of the revolution itself. Make this your starting point before getting into to Furet and the rest.
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I have read a number of books in the "short introduction" series, and have found them all to be good overviews of the subjects covered. If, like me, you know very little about the French revolution, this books acts as an excellent introduction, not only presenting facts and history, but also analysis of the causes and effects of the revolution. The critics and fans of the revolution are given equal consideration, and the result is a balanced analysis of different opinions on the subject, particularly in light of the recent bicentennial celebrations.
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As with all the wonderful 'Very Short introduction' series you get a lot of information for your money. I wanted to make better sense of the rather confused knowledge I had of the revolution and Doyle's book certainly helped me do that.
I couldn't help feeling though that as he warmed to what is very clearly his subject, he began to lose sight of the fact that this is an introduction for people who want to gain an initial overview before digging deeper. We seemed to move from the revolution itself to a discussion on how it somehow never quite ended, finding echoes and repercussions throughout 20th and even 21st century history. He's probably right, but this debate, resting on the learned writings of French authors, moved the book quite a distance form an introduction to the actual revolution itself.
However, that feeling aside, I would certainly recommend the book. Its strengths hugely outweigh its idiosyncrasies and I, for one, understand this extraordinary moment in history a lot better than before.
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I knew nothing about the French revolution before I bought this book, so decided to give myself a brief introduction. The book is organised into chapters, each covering a totally different aspect of the French revolution. The book's main emphasis is on the legacy of the French revolution in its aftermath, and as such is slightly weak in terms of its explanation of the revolution itself. Consequently, whilst this book would give you a good overview of what the aftermath of the revolution was, and its significance to today, you may find the coverage of the revolution itself rather brief. Indeed, one minute we are at a conference in Paris, the next we are with Napoleon's armies in Egypt, with the reader not quite sure as to how we made this leap. In conclusion, the book is good for those who want to know about the legacy of the revolution, but less so for those interested in the events of the revolution itself.
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This is very useful book, and a brilliant introduction to the French Revolution. Although only short do not be deceived, because it still gives you a useful background of the French Revolution. It includes clear chapters which seperate different issues, for example 'Why it happened', 'How it happened', 'What it ended', 'What it started' etc. I would definitely recommend this book.
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