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The French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert
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Sep 30, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: history-will-teach-us-nothing

Excellent account but my God the French Revolution was total merde and completely exhausting. Frankly, it's one damned thing after another - each thing usually being more hacked about and with more bleeding orifices than the last one. Hard to figure out who was left alive in Paris after 1795, fully functioning necks being a rare luxury. There is the usual can't-see-the-wood-for-the-trees problem in this book as with most historiography - I would moan that the participants in this dizzy dance of death should be grasped more meaningfully than jargonny epithets like enrages, Septembrists, Dantonists, Montagnards, or Thermidoreans allow - but I can't deny that the whole thing rattles along faster than a tumbril en route to the Place de la Chop Your Head Off, and those tumbrils were fast.

MEMO

Invite to dinner : Danton. He was a laugh.


Not to invite to dinner: Robespierre. Unless you like lectures over the buttered trout.
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