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Cultures in conflict : the French Revolution
Brown, Gregory S. (Gregory Stephen)
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 212 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Reading Level:
1330 Lexile.
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DC148 .B76 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The French Revolution remains one of the crucial events of modern European and world history. The changes wrought in French society, politics, and the church have been commemorated and debated for more than 200 years. This book introduces students to the French Revolution through an historical and cultural overview, as well as the contextual framing of primary documents of ordinary people's experiences in the dramatic conflicts of 1789-1799. Most of the documents are first translations into English for a North American audience.

While a majority of sources on the French Revolution provide excerpts from formal documents, this volume reveals the deeper human level, offering immediate insight into everyday life. This is the perfect introduction to the Revolution, with many added-value features, including period illustrations, timeline, glossary, study questions directed toward the Advanced Placement European History exam, and a practical resource guide.

Author Notes

GREGORY S. BROWN is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Timeline of the French Revolutionp. xiii
Chapter 1 Historical Overviewp. 1
Chapter 2 Ways of Life in France before 1789: The "Old Regime"p. 29
Chapter 3 The People against the Privileged: Social Differences and Personal Identitiesp. 41
Chapter 4 Ordinary People for and against the Revolutionp. 73
Chapter 5 Law and Order in Everyday Life during the Revolution: Violence, Public Order, and Collective Actionp. 105
Chapter 6 Money and Economy: Work and Consumption during the Revolutionp. 145
Chapter 7 Religion and Culture: The Ideas and Beliefs of Ordinary Peoplep. 159
Glossaryp. 195
Study Questionsp. 201
Resource Guidep. 203
Indexp. 207