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The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Kindle Edition
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"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.
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.
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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Good read if you want to try and unravel some of the complexities of the French Revolution.Published 5 months ago by yvonne williams
A subject that always seemed to be off the radar of my education and was brought back into focus by reading "A Tale of Two Cities". Read morePublished 6 months ago by Officer Dibble
A short (not surprising) but really well put together account if the French Revolution and a bit on its historiography. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Superb account which does a great job in sorting out the legacy or legacies of the revolution.Published 8 months ago by Dr D West
Really like these Short Intro books. This one is helpful for someone who wants to start looking at the history of the revolution.Published 9 months ago by Joe Ballard
I don't know about anyone else, but I find the subject of the French Revolution immensely complicated and hard to get to grips with - there's so much of folklore out there (did... Read morePublished 11 months ago by V. G. Harwood
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