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Alfred Cobban's Social Interpretation of the French Revolution is one of the acknowledged classics of postwar historiography. Cobban saw the French Revolution as central to the "grand narrative of modern history," but provided a salutary corrective to prevalent social explanations of its origins and development. A generation later this powerful historical intervention is now reissued with a new introduction by the distinguished scholar Gwynne Lewis. It provides students with both a context for Cobban's arguments, and assesses the course of Revolutionary studies in the wake of The Social Interpretation.Read more
- A French history classic (30,000 copies sold in English of the first edition)
- Introduction by the leading contemporary historian of the Revolutionary period
- Still one of the most important short analyses available of one of the greatest events in human history
- Written by a leading French historian; author of A History of Modern France (Penguin), which is still a bestseller
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'This is a provocative, lively, and well-written book, and its call for a truly modern sociology of the Revolution can only meet with general approval.' Review of PoliticsSee more reviews
'This book will be both stimulating and challenging to all those who have so far accepted the orthodox 'bourgeois versus aristocrat' theory.' The Times Educational Supplement
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: June 1999
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521667678
- length: 232 pages
- dimensions: 213 x 140 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.29kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction Gwynne Lewis
1. The present state of history
2. History and sociology
3. The problem of social history
4. The meaning of feudalism
5. The attack on seigneurial rights
6. Who were the revolutionary bourgeois?
7. Economic consequences of the Revolution
8. A bourgeoisie of landowners
9. Country against town
10. Social cleavages among the peasantry
11. The sans-culottes
12. A revolution of the propertied classes
13. Poor against rich
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