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French Revolution Resources

ancien_regime.jpg (8606 bytes)It is indeed odd that online resources about the French Revolution are so slim. I've never been able to figure that out, considering the vast quantity of books and journal articles that have been published on this truly crucial event in modern European history. But here I've collected a few sites that will get you started on your own path of exploration. A select bibliography is included below

Special mention must be made of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution, an excellent initiative on the part of the Center for History and New Media (George Mason University) and the American Social History Project (CUNY).

The Department of History at Warwick (England) has long posted an excellent essay by Gwynne Lewis, The People and the French Revolution. Richard Orsinger's France During the French Revolution and Under Napoleon Bonaparte looks promising as does another site on British Newspaper Coverage of the French Revolution. See also a French Revolution Chronology; French Revolutionary Pamphlets; Links on the French Revolution; and Revolution and After: Tragedies and Farces.

A Select Bibliography

Baker, K. M. Inventing the French Revolution. Cambridge, 1990. 
Bien, David D. "François Furet, the Terror, and 1789" French Historical Studies 16, no. 4 (Fall 1990), pp. 777-783.
Bindman, D. The Shadow of the Guillotine. Britain and the French Revolution. Trustees of the British Museum, 1989. 
Blanning, T. C. W., ed. The Rise and Fall of the French Revolution. Chicago, 1996.
Brewer, J. The Common People and Politics 1750-1790s. Chadwyck-Healey, 1986.
Cobb, Richard. The Police and the People: French Popular Protest 1789-1820. Oxford, 1970.
Cobb, Richard. "The Revolutionary Mentality in France". In A Second Identity. Oxford University Press, 1969.
Cobban, Alfred. A History of Modern France. Rev. ed. Penguin, 1965.
Cobban, Alfred. Aspects of the French Revolution. Jonathan Cape, 1968.
Cobban, Alfred. The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution. Cambridge, 1964
Doyle, W. Origins of the French Revolution. Oxford, 1980. 
Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford, 1989.
Eisenstein, Elizabeth L. "Who intervened in 1788? A Commentary on the Coming of the French Revolution". American Historical Review 71 (October 1965), pp. 77-103. 
Forrest, Alan, The French Revolution. Blackwell, 1993. 
Furet, François. Revolutionary France 1770-1880. English trans. Blackwell, 1992.
Furet, François, and Denis Richet. The French Revolution. English trans. Macmillan, 1970.
Furet, François, and Mona Ozouf, eds. A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution. English trans. Harvard, 1989.
Godechot, J. The Taking of the Bastille. Trans. Jean Stewart. Faber & Faber Ltd., 1970. 
Greer, D. The Incidence of the Terror during the French Revolution, a statistical interpretation. Harvard, 1935. 
Hampson, Norman. Prelude to Terror: The constituent assembly and the failure of consenses, 1789-91. Blackwell, 1988. 
Hampson, Norman. A Social History of the French Revolution. Routledge, 1963.
Hampson, Norman. The Terror in the French Revolution, General Series 103. (Historical Association, 1981).
Hill, Draper, ed., The Satirical Etchings of James Gillray. Dover, 1976. 
Hufton, Olwen. "Women in Revolution 1789-1796". Past and Present 53 (November 1971), pp. 90-108. 
Hyslop, Beatrice Fry. A Guide to the General Cahiers of 1789. Octagon Books, 1968. 
Jones, Colin. The Longman Companion to the French Revolution. Longman, 1988. 
Kennedy, E. A Cultural History of the French Revolution. Yale, 1989. 
Lefebvre, Georges. The coming of the French Revolution. Trans. R.R. Palmer. Princeton, 1971. 
Lefebvre, Georges. French Revolution 2 vols. Columbia, 1962-64.
Lefebvre, Georges. The Great Fear of 1789: Rural Panic in Revolutionary France. Princeton, 1973.
Lewis, Gwynne. The French Revolution: rethinking the debate. Historical Connections. Routledge, 1993. 
Mason, Laura and Tracey Rizzo, eds. The French Revolution: A Document Collection. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Palmer, R. R. The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America. 2 vols. Princeton, 1964.
Palmer, R. R. Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution. Princeton, 1941, 1969.
Palmer, R. R. The World of the French Revolution. Harper, 1971.
Roberts, J. M. The French Revolution. Oxford, 1978.
Rudé, George. The French Revolution: Its Causes, its History, and its Legacy. Grove Weidenfeld, 1988.
Rudé, George. The Crowd in The French Revolution. Clarendon, 1959.
Schama, Simon. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution. Knopf, 1989.
Soboul, Albert. The French Revolution 1787-1799. 2 vols. English trans. Vintage, 1975.
Soboul, Albert. The Parisian Sans-Culottes and the French Revolution, 1793-4. Clarendon, 1964.
Soboul, Albert. A Short History of the French Revolution. California, 1965.
Sutherland, D. M. G. France 1789-1815: Revolution and Counterrevolution. Oxford, 1986.
Sydenham, M. J. The First French Republic 1792-1804. B. T. Batsford Ltd, 1974. 
Thompson, J. M. The French Revolution. Oxford, 1966.
Williams, G.A. Artisans and Sans-culottes. Edward Arnold, 1968. 

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