The first of four volumes of papers from a major international symposia commemorating the Bicentenary of the French Revolution which address the central dimensions of the Revolution as a political event. This volume investigates the nature of French political culture under the Old Regime and the processes by which revolutionary principles and practices were invented within the context of absolute monarchy.
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These volumes are to be welcomed as a concise and comprehensive overview of recent scholarship on the French Revolution, and they will be of very general interest to historians, political scientists and sociologists.
Sociology, Volume 22, No. 3
...these essays provide the best single-volume synopsis yet available of recent work on the birth of revolutionary politics.
It follows that this volume can be read on two levels, either as a set of interesting articles, some of great acuity, the other as a Revisionist summa... Bias not with standing, some elegant contributions (notably Bien on"... Corps and ... State Credit", Bossenga on "City and State") cemonstrate the extent to which Corporal; Society was more divisible than une... Part V (The Monarch and the Estates General) provides fascinating snapshots of a world in dissolution.
Modern and Contemporary France, No 38
It is the present reviewer's opinion that of all the published colloquiae washed up after the revolutionary storm, these first two volumes of the trilogy Baker-Lucas-Furet/Ozouf are by far the best to emerge. Given the possibilities for banality and incongruity this undertaking offered the editors, their success in shaping a useful and interesting set of volumes is remarkable; the general standard of the contributions is very high indeed and several of them deserve to become 'de rigueur' in any specialized reading list on the Revolution and its origins. The French Revolution and the Creation of Modern Political Culture represents a return to basics through the questions many of its contributors ask...The sum of all these parts is a rich, vibrant - through far from conclusive or comprehensive - encounter with a set of events fundamental to us all, something for which both the editors and Pergamon Press are to be thanked.
The Historical Association
...the level of these papers is quite exceptionally high. The themes which are highlighted here are among the most crucial to any analysis of political change.
The English Historical Review
Steven Lawrence Kaplan, Cornell University, USA
...a rich and engaging volume, a milestone in the historiography of the old-regime-Revolution, a splendid testimony to the cosmopolitan character of today's republic of historical letters, and, incidentally, a reminder of the continuing (and even urgent) pertinence of the issues raised over two hundred years ago...
The English Historical Review
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