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2.0 out of 5 stars
Lacking, 25 Nov. 2007
Schama believes that the Revolution ended with the end of the Terror. This is simply not true and a marker for the sort of angle he has taken on the matter. Whilst undeniably well written, Schama offers little or no explanation for why events took place. How he manages to get away with this is a miracle, given the wealth of debate on the matter. Engaging primary anecdotes aside, that do indeed 'bring characters to life', there is little here of worth.
Anger an historian you know by gushing about how you love his lyrical prose, but don't use this to write an essay. There are works which go much deeper in markedly fewer pages. William Doyle's 'Oxford History of the French Revolution' makes up for what it lacks in style with significant benefits of analytical reasoning. Doyle is the historian's guide to the revolution.