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The French Revolution   By: (1828-1893)

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The French Revolution by Hippolyte Taine is a detailed and comprehensive account of one of the most significant events in European history. Taine's analysis of the Revolution is thorough and insightful, providing readers with a deep understanding of the political, social, and economic factors that led to the collapse of the Ancien RĂ©gime.

One of the strengths of Taine's work is his ability to contextualize the Revolution within the broader historical landscape of 18th-century France. By examining the underlying tensions and conflicts that simmered beneath the surface of French society, Taine is able to offer readers a nuanced and multifaceted perspective on the causes and consequences of the Revolution.

Taine's writing style is clear and engaging, making this complex and often tumultuous period of history accessible to a wide audience. His analysis is supported by a wealth of primary sources and scholarly research, providing readers with a solid foundation for understanding the intricacies of the Revolution.

Overall, The French Revolution is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of France or the broader implications of revolution and political change. Taine's thoughtful and thorough exploration of this pivotal moment in European history is sure to leave a lasting impression on readers.

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by Hippolyte A. Taine




BOOK FIRST. Spontaneous Anarchy.

CHAPTER I. The Beginnings of Anarchy

CHAPTER II. Paris up to the 14th of July

CHAPTER III. Anarchy from July 14th to October 6th, 1789


BOOK SECOND. The constituent Assembly, and the Result of its Labors

CHAPTER I. The Constituent Assembly

CHAPTER II. The Damage

CHAPTER III. The Constructions The Constitution of 1791.

BOOK THIRD. The Application of the Constitution

CHAPTER I. The Federations

CHAPTER II. Sovereignty of Unrestrained Passions

CHAPTER III. Development of the ruling Passion


This second part of "Les Origines de la France Contemporaine" will consist of two volumes. Popular insurrections and the laws of the Constituent Assembly end in destroying all government in France; this forms the subject of the present volume. A party arises around an extreme doctrine, grabs control of the government, and rules in conformity with its doctrine. This will form the subject of the second volume.

A third volume would be required to criticize and evaluate the source material. I lack the necessary space: I merely state the rule that I have observed. The trustworthiest testimony will always be that of an eyewitness, especially

When this witness is an honorable, attentive, and intelligent man,

When he is writing on the spot, at the moment, and under the dictate of the facts themselves,

When it is obvious that his sole object is to preserve or furnish information,

When his work instead of a piece of polemics planned for the needs of a cause, or a passage of eloquence arranged for popular effect is a legal deposition, a secret report, a confidential dispatch, a private letter, or a personal memento... Continue reading book >>

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