The French Revolution (The Landmark Library) (Hardcover)

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In this miraculously compressed, incisive book, David Andress argues that it was the peasantry of France who made and defended the Revolution of 1789. That the peasant revolution benefited far more people, in more far reaching ways, than the revolution of lawyerly elites and urban radicals that has dominated our view of the revolutionary period. History has paid more attention to Robespierre, Danton, and Bonaparte than it has to the millions of French peasants who were the first to rise up in 1789, and the most ardent in defending changes in land ownership and political rights. "Those furthest from the centre rarely get their fair share of the light," Andress writes, and the peasants were patronized, reviled, and often persecuted by urban elites for not following their lead. Andress's book reveals a rural world of conscious, hard-working people and their struggles to defend their ways of life and improve the lives of their children and communities.

About the Author

David Andress is one of Britain's finest interpreters of the 18th and 19th centuries. His books include The French Revolution and the People, The Terror, 1789, and Cultural Dementia: How the West Has Lost Its History and Risks Losing Everything Else.

Praise For…


'David Andress's important new book is a major contribution in our efforts to rethink the French Revolution' Timothy Tackett, on The Terror.

'Andress writes with verve, never allowing the pace to slacken, moving swiftly from one character or episode to another. The result is exhilarating' Tim Blanning, Sunday Telegraph, on 1789.

'To understand our current political situation, this excellent book is recommended as a handy primer'โ€ โ€”Spectator, on Cultural Dementia

Product Details
ISBN: 9781788540070
ISBN-10: 1788540077
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: The Landmark Library