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Revolutionary Europe, 1783-1815

(Fontana History of Europe)

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The new edition of this classic account of Revolutionary Europe brings to life many of the key issues that have fascinated historians since the fall of the Bastille and now includes a new introduction examining RudU's life and works and an updated list of readings. ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1964)
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Maziyar Yf
انقلاب فرانسه یا انقلاب کیبر فرانسه یا مادر انقلاب ها ، پدیده بسیار بزرگ و عظیمی بود که در اواخر قرن هجدهم رخ داد ، اساس حکومت و رابطه دولت و ملت و ساختار حاکمیت را برای همیشه تغییر داد .امواج این انقلاب به قدری قوی بود که یکصد سال بعد به ایران رسید و اثری بر انقلاب مشروطه در ایران گذاشت .
این انقلاب با حمله مردم ابتدا با دست خالی و سپس با تفنگ هایی که از شهرداری گرفته بودند به زندان باستیل که نماد سلطنت و ظلم و جور آن بود و غیرقابل تسخیر به نظر می رسید شروع شد ، اما سقوط خون بار باستیل ، گل های
David Sarkies
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History Buffs
Recommended to David by: I saw it in a bookshop
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27 November 2015

I have to say that I quite like these books, namely because they give a fairly detailed, but concise, rundown of various periods of European History. The funny thing about history is that it tends to be a continuous flow of cause and effect, yet it seems to be fairly easily compartmentalised into various periods. The topic of this book is a classic example because while the French Revolution certainly didn't occur in a vacuum, can easily put it
Simon Wood
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

It's hard to imagine a popular publisher commission a twelve part history of Europe from the Reformation to World War 2 for the general reader these days, but in the 1960s that is what Fontana publishing did with their history of Europe. George Rude's contribution covers the period from 1783-1815 under the title "Revolutionary Europe" and in a readable prose explicates for the general reader the history of Europe during the turmoil and upheavals of the Revoluti
I had been meaning to read a book or books on the French Revolution, Napoleon etc. for ages but never quite got round to it. What I wanted was a book that covered the whole period from 1789 to 1815. But it was very difficult to find books that dealt with both subjects (revolution and Napoleon) together.

I've been in a bit of a 'French mood' just lately what with reading a lot of Zola novels and contemplating reading some Proust - I might, I might not - I'm still not sure yet. Anyway, before read
Arda H. Civelek
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The preeminent British Marxist historian George Rudé, specialising in the French Revolution and 'histoire populaire', who stood out as one of the most prominent scholars in this movement, alongside with Georges Lefebvre and Chris Harman, gave a fresh insight in this book, to those who are already familiar with the Great Revolution in general, but also want to broaden their understanding of the events prior to it. I count myself fortunate for stumbling into this brilliantly organised, enlightenin ...more
John Caviglia
This classic of Marxist history became part of a current project to clean out dusty volumes from my bookshelves (this one originally bought remaindered, back in the days when such books—as if remainderdom were not enough—were mercilessly holed by a paper punch). But I could not flog my interest past chapter three, despite my fascination with the French Revolution (or perhaps, because of it, since the revolution itself was still nowhere in actual sight). Too much abstract “groundwork” for me, and ...more
Jakab Ando
Muchos datos sociológicos muy interesantes y relato histórico entretenido, pero se nota, a mí parecer demasiado, la intención de presentar la Revolución como algo intrínsecamente positivo. O igual es que soy yo, que no me agradan en demasía los franceses.
Donald Broussard
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
France in her history had seen her share of social uprisings from her people – most notably the Jacquerie under Charles V at the height of the Hundred Years’ War – but on the whole had not seen such severity in waves that hit all of Europe as was the case in 1789. The Enlightenmentbrought the 1780’s into a new social awareness that raged at monarchic systems.
George Rudé’s book is part of a Blackwell series on the history of Europe and as such covers a period of social unrest not solely limited t
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The blurb on this book says it "brings to life" the era of revolution in Europe. More like it "puts to sleep" that era. Very dry history ponderously written. Paragraphs run on for two pages (small font!). The author is clearly an historian who eschews personalizing history (no heroes here!) and prefers to focus on big sociological trends and political movements, but he drains all drama (or melodrama) out of a very exciting period -- running from before the French Revolution through the fall of N ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. It explained the French Revolution very well and the subsequent rise and fall of Napoleon.
Although it was bit confusing at the start in that it covered the Revolution thematically rather than chronologically for the first few chapters so there was a bit of toing and froing.
Stephen Lee
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very informative read. Very detailed, The social, political, economic and religious ramifications of revolution in Europe. There are some good insights here.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was frustrated at first since this is as much analysis as history and I wanted straighter history. Rude tends to assume the reader’s already familiar with the general history of the revolution. But I warmed to it - the French Revolution’s confusing enough; without general European social and economic context prior, and assessment of its various and widespread impacts during and after, a straight narrative of facts primarily within France from 1789 to 1815 would probably leave a reader pretty u ...more
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George Rudé was a British Marxist historian, specializing in the French Revolution and "history from below," especially the importance of crowds in history. ...more

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