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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)

Paperback Published: 26th July 1999
ISBN: 9780521667678
Number Of Pages: 228

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Alfred Cobban's Social Interpretation of the French Revolution is one of the acknowledged classics of postwar historiography. Cobban saw the French Revolution as central to the "grand narrative of modern history," but provided a salutary corrective to prevalent social explanations of its origins and development. A generation later this powerful historical intervention is now reissued with a new introduction by the distinguished scholar Gwynne Lewis. It provides students with both a context for Cobban's arguments, and assesses the course of Revolutionary studies in the wake of The Social Interpretation.

'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: 9780521667678
ISBN-10: 0521667674
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 26th July 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.97  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised