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History of the French Revolution
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Published by University of Chicago Press
(first published 1848)
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"The fact, admirably simple in its infinite variety, is the spontaneous organisation of France. That is history, the real, the positive, and the durable; and the rest is nonentity. . . . Before the municipalities are organised, each village governs, guards, and defends itself, as an armed association of inhabitants of the same place. Before there are any arrondissements and departments created by the law, common necessities, especially that of making the roads safe and transporting provisions, f ...more
Jules Michelet's A History of the French Revolution is one of the best studies of this historical event that I am aware in a field distinguished by powerful authors. Written long before Peter Kropotkin's, Daniel Guerin's, and Albert Soboul's accounts of the same events, it was the first to capture the spontaneous organization of ordinary people, women and workers, in the streets as distinct from focusing on statesmen imagined as progressive. His poetic imagery and his unique philosophy of histor ...more
His father was a master printer, not very prosperous, and Jules assisted him in the actual work of the press. A place was offered him in the imperial printing office, but his father was able to send him to the famous Collège or Lycée Charlemagne, where he distinguished himself. He passed the university examination in 1821, and was soon appointed to a professorship of history in the Collège Rollin. ...moreMore about Jules Michelet...