This is a short introduction to the French Revolution which covers social, economical and cultural aspects, as well as examining more recent intellectual and political analyses. Taking a broad approach, the author presents a serious interpretive essay, reviewing recent debates and reassessing the nature and impact of the events of 1798. The variety of historical interpretations, as well as the range of contexts in which the Revolution has been set are reviewed. The events and their interpretations are presented, with the conclusion explicating various orthodox' and more recent revisionist' approaches, providing readers with an intelligent resume to the Revolution and its historians.
'Lewis introduces the reader to recent debates and his book will be a valuable addition to the extensive literature on the subject.' - Teaching History
'Gwynne Lewis provides the first short introductory history of the French Revolution to relate the social, cultural and economic to the intellectual and political.' - France in Print
'Sharp judgements and a racy style make this as concise and approachable an introduction to a complex topic as any student could desire' - William Doyle, University of Bristol