This concise yet rich introduction to the French Revolution explores the origins, development, and eventual decline of a movement that defines France to this day. Through an accessible chronological narrative, Sylvia Neely explains the complex events, conflicting groups, and rapid changes that characterized this critical period in French history. She traces the fundamental transformations in government and society that forced the French to come up with new ways of thinking about their place in the world, ultimately leading to liberalism, conservatism, terrorism, and modern nationalism. Written with clarity and nuance, this work will be an engaging and rewarding exploration for all readers interested in France and revolutionary history.
Sylvia Neely is associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University.
Introduction Chapter 1: The Ancien Regime, Its Critics and Supporters Chapter 2: The Financial Crisis Chapter 3: The Estates General and the General Assembly Chapter 4: Creating the New Regime Chapter 5: Polarization and the Flight to Varennes Chapter 6: The Failure of Constitutional Government Chapter 7: The Convention Chapter 8: Terror and War Chapter 9: Thermidor and the Directory