The French Revolution, A Political History 1789–1804 (1910) by Aulard, François-Alphonse (1849–1928)
"In this Political History of the French Revolution, I propose to show how the principles of the Declaration of Rights were, between 1789 and 1804, put into operation by the institutions of the time ; or interpreted by speeches, by the press, by the policies of the various political parties, and by the manifestations of public opinion. Two of these principles, the principle of the equality of rights, and the principle of national sovereignty, were those most often invoked in the elaboration of the new state politic. They are, historically, the essential principles of the Revolution ; variously conceived, differently applied, according to the period. The chief object of this book is the narration of the vicissitudes which these two principles underwent.
In other words, I wish to write the political history of the Revolution from the point of view of the origin and the development of Democracy and Republicanism." (Author's Preface)
"A great political history of the Revolutionary era. His narrative is intelligent and instructive beyond all others, and is remarkably free from prejudice. He maintains that, on the eve of the Revolution, no one had ever dreamed of the establishment of a republic in France. It was the King, who refused loyally to accept his new role of Constitutional monarch, who was responsible for the fall of the Throne, which was precipitated by the written proofs of his treason seized by the victors of the 10 August. Out of the exasperation of all patriots over the invasion of France by Austria and Prussia, to replace Louis on his throne, was born the Republic." (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)
Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/thefrenchrevolut01aula/page/n6
Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution02aula/page/n6
Volume 3: https://archive.org/details/thefrenchrevolut03aula/page/n6
Volume 4: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution04aula/page/n6
The Great French Revolution, 1789–1793 (1909) by Kropotkin, Pyotr Alexeyevich (1842–1921)
"JAURES has given us a series of volumes on the Revolution from the socialist point of view and now comes Kropotkin, the Russian prince
and revolutionist, with a volume presenting the communist conception of the great upheaval. It is with the role of the masses and with the
great economic changes that he is chiefly concerned, matters that have not received in the past the consideration that is due them. As a result,
the histories of the Revolution have been chiefly political histories from which one can learn but little concerning the abolition of feudalrights of the confiscation and sale of land, and of the action of the masses of the people during the period 1789-1794. And yet to Kropotkin, these things appear the fundamental facts of the Revolution.
The specialist will find here little that is new, will shake his head over many daring constructions, and will find places indicating that Kropotkin is not as well informed as he should be, but everything considered, it must be acknowledged that with all its faults the book is full of hypotheses which are worth testing and which will open the eyes of students of history who are not acquainted with the monographic work that has been done on the economic side of the Revolution. The volume was well worth translating into English and should be read by every teacher as a help to a better understanding of the great French movement of a hundred years ago." (Fred Morrow Fling, The American Historical Review, 04/1910)
The French Revolution (1916) by Madelin, Louis (1871–1956)
"There are many readers who will not venture to embark on this labyrinth of works and documents ; my desire is to offer to these as far as possible a summary of all that has been published, in the course of years, on the subject of the Revolution, and to make them acquainted with the conclusions at which my masters and my fellow-workers have arrived. In the Introduction to his Roman History, the worthy Rollin wrote the following words : "I have not concealed the fact that I have made much use of other men's labours. ..." My work is made up of other men's labours, and if its readers find it interesting, I will beg them to consult the bibliographies, all too scanty, placed at the end of each of my chapters, and in justice to ascribe the merit of the book to the excellent collaborators therein named." (Preface)
"The best short history" (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)
History Of The French Revolution, From 1789 To 1814 (1846 & 1915) by Mignet, François-Auguste-Marie-Alexis (1796–1884)
"One of the best short books on the subject: a judicial and learned resume." (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)
The French Revolution (1913) by Taine, Hippolyte (1828–1893)
"His work is the most scientific, and one of the ablest that we possess; but, in the words of Lord Acton, Taine is a pathologist, and not a historian, and his book is no substitute for history." (Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)
"The former reputation of all these historians has been to a great extent effaced by that of Taine. Although equally impassioned, he threw a brilliant light upon the revolutionary period, and it will doubtless be long before his work is superseded.
Work so important is bound to show faults. Taine is admirable in the representation of facts and persons, but he attempts to judge by the standard of rational logic events which were not dictated by reason, and which, therefore, he cannot interpret. His psychology, excellent when it is merely descriptive, is very weak as soon as it becomes explanatory. To affirm that Robespierre was a pedantic "swotter" is not to reveal the causes of his absolute power over the Convention, at a time when he had spent several months in decimating it with perfect impunity. It has very justly been said of Taine that he saw well and understood little. Despite these restrictions his work is highly remarkable and has not been equalled." (Gustave Le Bon, The Psychology Of Revolution)
Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution01tainuoft/page/n8 or http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2578
Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution02tainuoft/page/n6 or http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2579
Volume 3: https://archive.org/details/frenchrevolution03tainuoft/page/n6 or http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2580
The History Of The French Revolution (1895) by Thiers, Adolphe (1797–1877)
"A clear, rapid, dramatic narrative, but often superficial, and, in the words of Carlyle, " as far as possible from meriting its high reputation.""
(Walter Geer, The French Revolution: A Historical Sketch)
Volume 1: https://archive.org/details/historyfrenchrev01thie/page/n7
Volume 2: https://archive.org/details/historyoffrench02thie/page/n10
Volume 3: https://archive.org/details/historyoffrench03thie/page/n10
Volume 4: https://archive.org/details/historyoffrench04thie/page/n10
Volume 5: https://archive.org/details/historyfrenchrev05thie/page/n10
Historical Studies On The French Revolution – English Bibliography (22 Titles/Part 1)
Historical Studies On The French Revolution – French Bibliography In Translation (6 Titles) [History]
Suggest and discuss books to read (all languages welcome!)
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Last edited by LectorRecitator on October 16th, 2019, 10:27 am, edited 5 times in total.
Is he serious? The guy calling "superficial" the 5 volume version of the French Revolution??