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The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution - Alfred Cobban

The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution

By: Alfred Cobban, Gwynne Lewis (Introduction by)

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1999
ISBN: 9780521661515
Number Of Pages: 230

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Alfred Cobban's The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution is one of the acknowledged classics of post-war historiography. This 'revisionist' analysis of the French Revolution caused a furore on first publication in 1964, challenging as it did established orthodoxies during the crucial period of the Cold War. Cobban saw the French Revolution as central to the 'grand narrative of modern history', but provided a salutary corrective to many celebrated social explanations, determinist and otherwise, of its origins and development. A generation later this concise but powerful intervention is now reissued with a new introduction by Gwynne Lewis, providing students with both a context for Cobban's own arguments, and assessing the course of Revolutionary studies in the wake of The Social Interpretation. This book remains a handbook of revisionism for Anglo-Saxon scholars, and is essential reading for all students of French history at undergraduate level and above.

'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 Politics '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

Prefacep. vii
Key to Referencesp. xi
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xiii
The Present State of Historyp. 1
History and Sociologyp. 8
The Problem of Social Historyp. 15
The Meaning of Feudalismp. 25
The Attack on Seigniorial Rightsp. 36
Who were the Revolutionary Bourgeois?p. 54
Economic Consequences of the Revolutionp. 68
A Bourgeoisie of Landownersp. 81
Country Against Townp. 91
Social Cleavages Among the Peasantryp. 107
The Sans-Culottesp. 120
A Revolution of the Propertied Classesp. 132
Poor Against Richp. 145
Conclusionp. 162
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780521661515
ISBN-10: 052166151X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 28th June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised