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A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution

Jeremy D. Popkin

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France, c 1700 to c 1800, History, European history, Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions, Political science & theory, Political ideologies, Political structures: democracy

From an award-winning historian, a "vivid" account of the revolution that created the modern world (Wall Street Journal)

The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society -- even if, after more than two hundred years, they are more contested than ever before. In A New World Begins, Jeremy D. Popkin offers a riveting account of the revolution that puts the reader in the thick of the debates and the violence that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a new society. We meet Mirabeau, Robespierre, and Danton, in all of their brilliance and vengefulness; we witness the failed escape and execution of Louis XVI; we see women demanding equal rights and black slaves wresting freedom from revolutionaries who hesitated to act on their own principles; and we follow the rise of Napoleon out of the ashes of the Reign of Terror.

Based on decades of scholarship, A New World Begins is the definitive treatment of the French Revolution.

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