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The French Revolution
Egendorf, Laura K., 1973-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
224 pages; 23 cm.

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DC141 .F728 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The French Revolution began as an overthrow of the monarchy but soon disintegrated into horrifying violence. Primary and secondary sources offer a variety of perspectives on the decades that permanently changed Europe.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This anthology combines primary and secondary documents to present a pro/con approach to the French Revolution. The 25 selections are organized into four chapters, covering causes, controversial events, social change, and historical evaluations. There are a few small black-and-white illustrations, a map of Paris at the time of the Revolution (but not one of France as a whole), discussion questions, a thorough list for further research, and an incomplete index. The "Opposing Viewpoints" approach to this subject is questionable, particularly since much of the material isn't as clear-cut as the introductions and headings imply. A careful reading is likely to leave students more confused than enlightened. The documents vary considerably in usefulness-some are too narrow in attacking their topic, others too vague, and most too complex or archaic for any but a devoted scholar to slog through. There is great inconsistency in defining unfamiliar terms: some merit explanatory footnotes or brackets, while others are completely ignored. There is no glossary. The book also contains misspellings and minor errors. Don Nardo's The French Revolution (Greenhaven, 1998; o.p.) does a far better job of covering the same aspects of the Revolution by using excerpts from modern historians. Steven Otfinoski's Triumph and Terror (Replica, 1999) is an interesting and complete overview for teens.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.