The French Revolution marks the foundation of the modern political world. It was in the crucible of the Revolution that the political forces of conservatism, liberalism and socialism began to find their modern forms, and it was the Revolution that first asserted the claims of universal individual rights on which our current understandings of citizenship are based. But the Terror was, as much as anything else, a civil war, and such wars are always both brutal and complex. The guillotine in Paris claimed some 1500 official victims, but executions of captured counter-revolutionary rebels ran into the tens of thousands, and deaths in the areas of greatest conflict probably ran into six figures, with indiscriminate massacres being perpetrated by both sides. The story of the Terror is a story of grand political pronouncements, uprisings and insurrections, but also a story of survival against hunger, persecution and bewildering ideological demands, a story of how a state, even with the noblest of intentions, can turn on its people and almost crush them.
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David Andress is a leading scholar of the French Revolution and an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.Review:
'David Andress' important new book is a major contribution in our efforts to rethink the French Revolution ... It is also exceptionally well-written. In his analysis of movements and trends he never looses sight of the drama and tragedy, the extraordinary story of one of the great events in Western history' Timothy Tacket, author of BECOMING A REVOLUTIONARY AND WHEN THE KING TOOK FLIGHT
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Descripción Little, Brown & Company, U.S.A., 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. New copy. Nº de ref. de la librería 031984
Descripción Little, Brown & Company, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0316861812