This fascinating book studies all aspects of the French Revolution, from its origins, through its development, right up to the consequences of this major historical event.
Bringing together key texts at the forefront of new research and interpretation, Gary Kates challenges orthodox assumptions concerning the origins, development and long-term historical repercussions of the Revolution.
Completely updated to include discussion of new research and articles, this welcome second edition includes articles discussing colonialism and family legislation, and emphasizes approaches that focus on class, gender, and race.
Including a clear and thoroughly updated introduction, this is the perfect Reader for students studying the French Revolution.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: The Overthrow of the Marxist Paradigm. The French Revolution in the History of the Contemporary World. Nobles, Bourgeois, and the Origins of the French Revolution Part 2: The Revisionist Orthodoxy. The French Revolution Revisited. Constitution Part 3: Responses to Revisionism. Bourgeois Revolution Revivified: 1789 and Social Change. Luxury, Morality, and Social Change: Why There was No Middle-Class Consciousness in Pre-Revolutionary France. Nobles and Third Estate in the Revolutionary Dynamic of the National Assembly, 1789–90. Violence, Emanciaption, and Democracy: The Countryside and the French Revolution Part 4: Gender and Colonial Studies. The Many Bodies of Marie Antoinette: Political Pornography and the Problem of the Feminine in the French Revolution. War Between Brothers and Sisters: Inheritance Law and Gender Politics in Revolutionary France. The Price of Liberty: Victor Hugues and the Administration of Freedom in Guadeloupe, 1794–1798