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Soboul, Albert. 'The French Revolution 1787-1799. From the Storming of the Bastille to Napoleon', published in 1989 by Unwin Hyman in paperback, 639pp, ISBN 0044456107. Condition: Very good, but with some edge wear such as rubbing and a couple of small creases to the cover corners. Overall a nice copy. Price: £30.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • The French Revolution 1787-1799. From the Storming of the Bastille to Napoleon [top]
    Written by Albert Soboul
    First published in France in 1962 by Editions Sociales as 'Précis d'histoire de la Révolution Francaise'
    English edition first published in 1974 by NLB
    Unwin Hyman edition first published in 1989 in paperback, 639pp, ISBN 0044453817
    British Cataloguing in Publication Data:
    Soboul, Albert
    The French Revolution, 1787-1799: from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon
    1 . France. Political Events, 1789-1799
    I. Title II. Précis d'histoire de la Révolution francaise. English
    944.04
    ISBN 0-04-445610-7 (hbk.) ISBN 0-04-445381-7 (pbk)
    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
    Soboul, Albert
    [Précis d'histoire de la Révolution francaise. English]
    The French Revolution, 1787-1799: from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon/Albert Soboul: translated from the French by Alan Forrest and Colin Jones: with a new introduction by Gwynne Lewis.
    p. cm.
    Translation of: Précis d'histoire de la Révolution francaise. Previously published: New York: Random House, 1975, c1974
    Bibliography: p.
    Includes index.
    ISBN 0-04-445610-7 (hbk.) ISBN 0-04-445381-7 (pbk.)
    1. France-History-Revolution, 1789-1799. I. Title.
    DC148.S5613 1989
    944.04-dc20.....................................................................................89-8884
    CIP

About this book/synopsis:
Albert Soboul died in 1982. His influence upon an entire generation of French Revolutionary scholars throughout the world was incalculable. It still operates today. His magisterial work 'The Parisian Sans-Culottes' and 'The French Revolution, 1793-4' (Oxford, 1964) marked a definitive turning-point in the historiography of '1789', accelerating the move which was already under way of studying 'history from below'. This book, newly reissued in paperback, has long been hailed as one of the classic general accounts of the Revolution. Writing very much for the present generation, Albert Soboul places the major events of the Revolution within the broader framework of the intellectual, political and socio-economic processes of the time, including the struggle for economic hegemony of the known world between Britain and France and the intellectual and political influences of the American War of Independence. A new preface by Gwynne Lewis insists upon the relevance and validity of Albert Soboul's work despite the open and covert attacks which have been launched upon it by 'revisionist' historians in Britain, France and America. The Revolution of 1789-94 marked the arrival of modern bourgeois capitalist society in the history of France. Its essential feature was the successful establishment of national unity through the destruction of the seigneurial régime and the privileged feudal orders; according to Tocqueville in L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution, the revolution's basic aim was to sweep away the last vestiges of the middle ages'. Its culmination in the establishment of liberal democracy adds a further dimension to its historical significance. From this point of view, as well as that of world history, it deserves to be considered a classical model of bourgeois revolution. A comparative study of the French revolution presents two series of problems: the first being of a general order - those relating to the historical law of transition from freudalism to modern capitalism

Contents:
Foreword to the English-language edition (1973); Preface
INTRODUCTION: THE CRISIS OF THE ANCIEN RÉGIME
Chapter 1. The Crisis of Society
1. The Decline of the feudal aristocracy
2. The Rise of the Third Estate and its Problems
3. The Philosophy of the Bourgeoisie

Chapter 2. The Institutional Crisis
1. The Divine Right of Kings
2. Centralization and Local Liberties
3. Royal Justice
4. The Royal Tax System

Chapter 3. Preface to the Bourgeois Revolution - The Revolt of the Aristocracy (1787-1788)
1. The Final Crisis of the Monarchy
2. The PARLEMENTS' Struggle against Absolutism (1788)

PART ONE. 'THE NATION, THE KING, AND THE LAW': THE BOURGEOIS REVOLUTION AND THE POPULAR MOVEMENT (1789-1792)
Chapter 1. The Bourgeois Revolution and the Fall of the Ancien Régime (1789)
1. The Judicial Revolution (from the end of 1788 to June 1789)
2. The Popular Revolution of July 1789
3. The Results of the Popular Revolution (August to October 1789)

Chapter 2. The Constituent Assembly and the Failure of Compromise (1790)
1. The Assembly, the King and the Nation
2. The Major Political Problems
3. The Decline of the Policy of Reconciliation

Chapter 3. The Bourgeoisie of the Constituent Assembly and the Reconstruction of France (1789-1791)
1. The Principles of 1789
2. The Liberalism of the Bourgeoisie
3. The Rationalization of Institutions
4. Towards a New Balance in Society: Assignats and National Lands

Chapter 4. The Constituent Assembly and the Flight of the King (1791)
1. Counter-revolution and Popular Pressure
2. The Revolution and Europe
3. Varennes: the Royal Repudiation of the Revolution (June 1791)

Chapter 5. The Legislative Assembly, the War, and the Overthrow of the Monarchy (October 1791 to August 1792)
1. The Road to War (October 1791 to April 1792)
2. The Overthrow of the Monarchy (April to August 1792)

PART TWO. 'THE DESPOTISM OF LIBERTY': REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT AND THE POPULAR MOVEMENT (1792-1795)
Chapter 1. The End of the Legislative Assembly - Revolutionary Momentum and the Defence of the Nation (August to September 1792)
1. The First Terror
2. Valmy and the End of the Invasion Threat (20 September 1792)

Chapter 2. The Girondin Convention and the Failure of the Liberal Bourgeoisie (September 1792 to June 1793)
1. The Party Struggle and the Trial of the King (September 1792 to January 1793)
2. The War and the First Coalition (September 1792 to March 1793)
3. The Crisis of the Revolution (March 1793)
4. The Fall of the Girondins (March to June 1793)

Chapter 3. The Montagnard Convention - The Popular Movement and the Dictatorship of Public Safety (June to December 1793)
1. Montagnards, Moderates, and Sans-Culottes (June to July 1793)
2. The Committee of Public Safety and the Pressure of the Popular Movement (August to October 1793)
3. The Organization of the Jacobin Dictatorship of Public Safety (October to December 1793)

Chapter 4. The Victory and the Collapse of Revolutionary Government (December 1793 to July 1794)
1. Factional Struggle and the Triumph of the Committee of Public Safety (December 1793 to April 1794)
2. The Jacobin Dictatorship of Public Safety
3. The Ninth of Thermidor Year II (27 July 1794)

Chapter 5. The Thermidorian Convention, The Bourgeois Reaction, and the End of the Popular Movement (July 1794 to May 1795)
1. The Progress of the Thermidorian Reaction
2. The Economic Crisis and the Monetary Catastrophe
3. The Last Popular Insurrections (Germinal and Prairial Year III)

PART THREE. 'A COUNTRY GOVERNED BY LANDOWNERS': BOURGEOIS REPUBLIC AND SOCIAL CONSOLIDATION (1795-1799)
Chapter 1. The End of the Thermidorian Convention, The Treaties of 1795 and the Constitution of Year III
1. After Prairial: the White Terror and Quiberon (May to July 1795)
2. The Victorious Peace (1795)
3. The Organization of the Power of the Bourgeoisie

Chapter 2. The First Directory: The Failure of Liberal Stabilization (1795-1797)
1. The Impossible Task of Internal Stabilization (1795-1797)
2. The War of Conquest (1796-1797)
3. Fructidor and Campoformio (1797)

Chapter 3. The Second Directory: The End of the Bourgeois Republic (1797-1799)
1. Repression and Reforms (1797-1798)
2. The Second Directory and Europe (1797-1798)
3. The Final Revolutionary Circle (1799)
4. The Eighteenth Brumaire Year VIII (9 November 1799)

CONCLUSION. THE REVOLUTION AND CONTEMPORARY FRANCE
1. The New Society
2. The Bourgeois State
3. The National Unity and Equality of Rights

Recommended Further Reading; Index

 

 

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