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French Revolution - request for recommendation


Wigmore

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Bonjour tout le monde,

Just finished Hilary Mantel's "A place of greater safety" and it has stirred an interest in the revolution and reign of terror. Does anybody have a recommendation of a readable, but accurate narrative of the period?

Merci

W
 

Lempo

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Looking for a guide book for the coming times and the downfall of the elites, are we?
 

Morgellons

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Looking for a guide book for the coming times and the downfall of the elites, are we?
That's all well and dandy, it's the Terror I'd be worried about!
 

Big Brother

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Bonjour tout le monde,

Just finished Hilary Mantel's "A place of greater safety" and it has stirred an interest in the revolution and reign of terror. Does anybody have a recommendation of a readable, but accurate narrative of the period?

Merci

W

Hi

I strongly recommend anything by Reynald Secher.

He has broken through the intimidation amongst Frnch historians - which are tyrannised by Marxists political
correctness - in discussing and dealing with the defining aspect of the Revolution: The rape torture and murder of up to
half a million women children and men in the Vendée.

The French left - who still worship Stalin lover Sartre - have up until now covered this inconvnient truth up

Risking his career and reputation Secher has exposed and shamed French historians into finally expoaing the Revolution
for what is really was: Not the flowering but the usurpation of consititutional change by tyrants that set Frnch democracy
back 100 years.
 

Joyee

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EU now looking to take part of people's savings, and closing the banks so that people cannot withdraw it in the meantime is stealing, pure and simple .These c...s need it all for their silk suits and champagne. Too much ************************e talk and no action until its too late as usual.
 

LooseCannon

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the Terror by David Andress is worth a read

the politicians of the time were a mix of idealists, fundamentalists and opportunists.

The French pre revolutionary economy and society was a corrupt mess

There was no road map for taking a society from a rigid hierarchical structure to a democracy

The terror came about as a reaction to what they perceived to be external and internal threats (which were both real and imagined)

Andress's book covers it well.
 

drummed

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EU now looking to take part of people's savings, and closing the banks so that people cannot withdraw it in the meantime is stealing, pure and simple .These c...s need it all for their silk suits and champagne. Too much ************************e talk and no action until its too late as usual.
Way to stay on topic poster!
 

devoutcapitalist

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Are there any French historians who think Robespierre was great man who might "have gone slightly overboard on occasion...lol

If there are French left wingers who are apologists for communism thn I'm sure there are some historians who are apologists for Robespierre.
 
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Virtue and Terror by Slavoj Zizek gives an interesting perspective on Robespierre and the terror, Slavoj gives his interpretation of why Robespierre acted in the manner that he did in his introduction to the book and then the rest of the book is an anthology of speeches by Robespierre during the Revolutionary period, you find a lot more out about the real Robespierre than the contrived image of a lunatic or hero of the left that most books place him in.
 

Garibaldy

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Albert Soboul's History of the French Revolution is excellent, and deals with the terror for what it was - a system of emergency government, during which the ordinary people of France were able to get some additional benefits for themselves (a smaller version available as a short history of the French Revolution).

Rudé's biography is the best on Robespierre. Ruth Scurr's one from 6 or 7 years ago was disappointing. Peter McPhee's 2012 one is better, but I prefer Rudé's.

RR Palmer's Twelve Who Ruled is excellent on the Terror.

There's also a really good BBC documentary called Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution that's on youtube. It used original documents for its reconstructions.
 

Garibaldy

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By the way, as for Secher. Arrant nonsense, and unadulterated right-wing propaganda, with a fantasy of a world where lords and peasants loved each other. Kind of hard to explain the French Revolution if that were true.
 
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Hi

I strongly recommend anything by Reynald Secher.

He has broken through the intimidation amongst Frnch historians - which are tyrannised by Marxists political
correctness - in discussing and dealing with the defining aspect of the Revolution: The rape torture and murder of up to
half a million women children and men in the Vendée.

The French left - who still worship Stalin lover Sartre - have up until now covered this inconvnient truth up

Risking his career and reputation Secher has exposed and shamed French historians into finally expoaing the Revolution
for what is really was: Not the flowering but the usurpation of consititutional change by tyrants that set Frnch democracy
back 100 years.
Good Lord, how about that for a recommendation to a neutral academic source?
 

Catalpast

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Albert Soboul's History of the French Revolution is excellent, and deals with the terror for what it was - a system of emergency government, during which the ordinary people of France were able to get some additional benefits for themselves (a smaller version available as a short history of the French Revolution).

Rudé's biography is the best on Robespierre. Ruth Scurr's one from 6 or 7 years ago was disappointing. Peter McPhee's 2012 one is better, but I prefer Rudé's.

RR Palmer's Twelve Who Ruled is excellent on the Terror.

There's also a really good BBC documentary called Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution that's on youtube. It used original documents for its reconstructions.
Just watched it - Excellent!
 

Boy M5

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Bonjour tout le monde,

Just finished Hilary Mantel's "A place of greater safety" and it has stirred an interest in the revolution and reign of terror. Does anybody have a recommendation of a readable, but accurate narrative of the period?

Merci

W
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