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Old January 3rd, 2012, 06:01 AM   #1

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Recommendations on the French Revolution?


Hey there. Recently, the French Revolution (particularly the character of Robespierre) has piqued my interest. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good non-fiction book about the subject? Thank you very much!
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 06:22 AM   #2

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Citizens by Schama, tho if I remember correctly he doesn't address Monsieur Robespierre, it's quite a monstrous read too. There's a rather good documentary by him here though which discusses art through the revolution:


There's also this general one:

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This is a reading list from Oxford University on The French Revolution:

History and Literature

Case study: The French Revolution

Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, Part I, Book v; Book vii, ch. 4 and Part III, Books iv-v
Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (London, 1989) (see the index under Sade, Marat, Corday, Roux; also pp. 602-607, 629-639)
Georg Büchner, Dantons Tod (1835) (many eds.), esp. Act I, ii; Act II, vi-vii; Act III, x; Act IV, iv-ix (English version: Georg Büchner, Danton's Death, in Büchner, Complete Plays, tr. John Reddick, Penguin Classics)
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, esp. Book II, ch. 15-16, 21-22; Book III, ch. 14-15
Peter Weiss, Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Hernn de Sade (1964/65), edition suhrkamp, 68 (Frankfurt a.M., 1965 and later eds.), esp. dramatis personae, scenes 4-8, 19-20, 27,30-33 (English version: Peter Weiss, The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, tr. by Geoffrey Skelton and Adrian Mitchell (London, 1965))


Further reading on the French Revolution

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, ed. Conor Cruise O'Brien, Pelican Classics (Harmondsworth, 1968), esp. pp.159-175
Jules Michelet, Histoire de la Révolution, V: La Convention, Book IX, chs. 2, 11; Book X, chs. 1, 5, 9
George Rudé, The Face of the Crowd: Studies in Revolution, Ideology and Popular Protest, ed. Harvey J. Kaye (New York and London, 1988)
The historiography of the French Revolution

Pieter Geyl, 'French Historians for and against the Revolution' (1957), in Geyl, Encounters in History (London, 1963), pp. 115-187
Linda Orr, Headless History: Nineteenth-Century French Historiography of the French Revolution (Ithaca, N.Y., 1990)
Ann Rigney, The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution (Cambridge, 1990)
Jacques Solé, 'The Historiography of the French Revolution', in Companion to Historiography, ed. Michael Bentley (London, 1997), pp. 509-525
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Interpreting the french revolution by Francois Furet is an excellent book on the subject

Amazon.com: Interpreting the French Revolution (9780521280495): François Furet, Elborg Forster: Books
Amazon.com: Interpreting the French Revolution (9780521280495): François Furet, Elborg Forster: Books

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Old January 3rd, 2012, 06:27 AM   #4

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Amazon.com: Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (9780805079876): Ruth Scurr: Books
Amazon.com: Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (9780805079876): Ruth Scurr: Books


I found this book pretty good.
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