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The French Revolution, 1789-1799

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This book provides a succinct yet up-to-date and challenging approach to the French Revolution of 1789-1799 and its consequences. Peter McPhee provides an accessible and reliable overview and one which deliberately introduces students to central debates among historians.
The book has two main aims. One aim is to consider the origins and nature of the Revolution of 1789-99.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 17th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 6th 2001)
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Ash Solomon
Mar 05, 2012 Ash Solomon rated it liked it
Shelves: spring-12, 2012
Was way too condensed and had way too much information packed into one book. Not for a beginner in the French Revolution. Perhaps would have been easier to understand if I had know a little more about the French Revolution in the first place. However, I knew next to nothing and everything brought up and touched on in the book was new to me and so imagine reading about 4 entirely different stories on each page, each involving multiple characters. Was just difficult.
Aug 30, 2014 Katherine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Year 12's studying the French Revolution
(I'm a year 12 studying revolutions) and as far as easy to read (and understand) historians texts, this is the best! It is easy to understand, and compared to the other major French Rev. historians, McPhee is the most interesting, and also more modern so you're not only having to try to comprehend what the french revolution was about, but also what the historians from 150 years ago were talking about ( :D). Despite only purchasing the book for quotes, I read it cover to cover because it was actu ...more
Miguel Fernandez
This is an interesting book about the french revolution, i found it to be a good complement of other books i have read on the matter. I think the book is well reasearched but it uses the data inconsistently across the length of the book. The chapters about the old regime and the social and economic reasons that led to its fall are the ones i enjoyed the most. In them the author uses detailed research to place the reader in 1787-89 France and explains why the revolution came about. I think that a ...more
Teresa R.
Apr 13, 2015 Teresa R. rated it liked it
Shelves: soc-pol-eco-hist
Una buena lectura para alguien que no tenga un conocimiento muy amplio de la Revolución Francesa, aunque tampoco lo recomendaría como libro de iniciación.
Una muy buena introducción a la época previa a la Revolución, crucial para entender su impacto, aunque un poco más flojo en otras partes, como la época del Directorio hacia delante.
Recurre bastante a ejemplos locales, lo cual en ocasiones es interesante, pero a menudo se vuelve bastante tedioso para una lectura tan inicial y general como esta,
Juan Manuel Wills
Apr 29, 2016 Juan Manuel Wills rated it really liked it
Es un buen libro de texto y referencia sobre los orígenes, desarrollos y consecuencias de la revolución francesa que acompañado en conjunto con el curso del mismo nombre ofrecido en modalidad MOOC por la universidad de Melbourne y dictado por el autor conforman un excelente material introductorio sobre este apasionante tema.
Stanley Turner
Aug 12, 2014 Stanley Turner rated it it was amazing
A detailed account of the French Revolution. An easy to read book for all who want to study this period in history of France. I enjoyed reading this book.
Sathyanarayanan D
Good small book. The author consciously avoids discussing in detail the spell of Terror unleashed by the revolutionaries. Good book to begin with.
Aug 09, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the textbook for a course on the French revolution in which I am currently enrolled. The text is written at the undergraduate level and is easy to follow. The author includes extensive footnotes, bibliography, timelines, and maps in order to help amplify the text.

The book talks frankly about a difficult time in world history, and covers things that were glossed over in the more general classes I took.

Well done.
Bruce Crown
Sep 08, 2015 Bruce Crown rated it it was ok
Informative but quite general historical text.
Brad A
Feb 08, 2013 Brad A rated it it was amazing
Detailed and quite easy to read. McPhee gives a broad overview of the revolution and analyses its impact on French society. Packed with primary sources that help add context, although McPhee's focus on the big picture means he doesn't really spend much time looking at the characters of the revolution like Robespierre, Danton and Marat. The final chapter's discussion of historiography is essential for anyone studying the revolution.

Overall an excellent read that provides a solid primer to the Fr
Jun 01, 2016 Vee rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Succinct and informative, but nothing more. A basic textbook reading of the French Revolution.

Its main focus is the lead-up to and early events of the revolution. This is supposed to be a supplement to studies of the French Revolution, and is useful when read along with other sources.

Sep 02, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
A concise history of the French Revolution by Peter McPhee, a historian at the University of Melbourne. I purchased this at the beginning of Professor McPhee's course on the French Revolution on Coursera. The book is readable and presents a variety of perspectives and interpretations. A good introduction to the topic.
Aug 23, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A fairly lucid history of a complex period. I t follows his Coursera course of the same name which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Sep 13, 2008 Vicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Fascinating time in history. Read this book for college, and actually picked it up recently to read it again.
Hannah Norris
Oct 24, 2015 Hannah Norris rated it really liked it
v good thx pete
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