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The French Revolution, 1789-1799

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In this general introduction to the history of the French Revolution, the author provides a guide to the vast historiography of the French Revolution and tackles the main questions that have preoccupied historians of revolutionary France in the decade after 1789. This book is intended for A-level and undergraduate students of 18th century France, particularly the origins, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 17th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 6th 2001)
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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 4 of 5 stars
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 Dragonfire
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,
Stanley Turner
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.
Brad A
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
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.
Fascinating time in history. Read this book for college, and actually picked it up recently to read it again.
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