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For courses on the French Revolution.

Written for today's undergraduates, this up-to-date survey of the French Revolution and Napoleonic era offers a concise alternative to the longer texts geared to advanced study in the field.

This text introduces students to the major events that comprise the story of the French Revolution; to the different ways in which historians have interpreted these events; to the political, social, and cultural origins of the Revolution; and to recent scholarship in the field.

Author Biography

Jeremy D. Popkin, T. Marshall Hahn, Jr., professor of history at the University of Kentucky, is the author of books on the history of the press during the French Revolution and on the revolutionary era in the French colonies.

Table of Contents

The Origins of the French Revolution
The Problems of the Monarchy
The Failure of Reform Social Structure and Social Crisis
The Third Estate
The Lower Classes New Ideas and New Ways of Living
The Growth of Public Opinion
The Collapse of the Absolute Monarchy, 1787-1789
The Prerevolution
The Assembly of Notables From Failed Reforms to Revolutionary Crisis
The Meeting of the Estates-General
The Parliamentary Revolution
The Storming of the Bastille
The Revolutionary Rupture, 1789-1790
The Concept of Revolution
The ldquo;Abolition of Feudalismrdquo; and the Declaration of Rights
The October Days
The Accomplishments of the National Assembly, 1789-1791
The Constitutional Debates
The Expropriation of Church Lands and the Assignats
The Civil Constitution of the Clergy
The Defeat of the Liberal Revolution, 1790-1792
The New Political Culture
The Kingrsquo;s Flight and the Crisis of 1791
The End of the National Assembly
The Legislative Assembly
The Revolt in the Colonies and Unrest at Home
The Move toward War
The Impact of War
The Overthrow of the Monarchy Emergency
Measures and Revolutionary Government
The Failure of the Liberal Revolution
The Convention and the Republic, 1792-1794
The Trial of the King Mounting Tensions
The Victory of the Montagnards Terror Becomes the Order of the Day
The Dictatorship of the Committee of Public Safety Revolutionary Culture
The Radical Revolution and the Social Order
The Great Terror and Thermidor
The Revolution Victorious Thermidor
The Return to Order, 1794-1799
The ldquo;Bourgeois Republicrdquo; and the Search for Order
The Thermidorian Reaction
The Defeat of the Sans-Culottes Counterrevolution and the Constitution of 1795
The Directory
The Directory, Europe, and the Colonies
The ldquo;Politics of the Balancerdquo;
The ldquo;Second Directoryrdquo;
The Fall of the Directory
The Napoleonic Consulate, 1799-1804
The Consul and the Consulate Napoleonrsquo;s Career
The Institutions of the Consulate Consolidation of Power
The Peace of Amiens and the Concordat Elements of Opposition
The Napoleonic Empire, 1804-1815
The Resumption of War From Ulm to Tilsit
The Continental System
The Empire at Home Culture under the Empire
The Social Bases of the Empire
The Decline of the Empire
The Invasion of Russia
The Hundred Days Note
The Revolutionary Heritage
The Postrevolutionary Settlement State and Nation
The Revolutionrsquo;s Impact in the World
The French Revolution as History
The Jacobin Historical Synthesis
The Revisionist Critique Postrevisionist Studies of
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