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Instead of a dying of the eBook #180 Old Regime Schama presents an ebul. Schama takes 700 odd pages to cover the period from 1778 to the death of Robespierre in 1794 something that other no less respectable historians manage to do in a fraction of the space So what is Schama doing differently For one thing he scrupulously avoids any kind of schematization any form of large structural overview instead concentrating on what indeed he declares it to be in the title a chronicle a careful catalogue of events without giving them ideological interpretation He also gives us plenty of anecdote and biographical background to the personalities involved and does not ignore the provinces a timely reminder that France is than Paris alone and that some of the resistance to the Revolution had to do with resentment at centralization as opposed to federalism rather than any nostalgia for royalty What he also manages to do in contrast he claims to many of his learned colleagues is to take a long hard impassive and yet critical look at the horrific violence He takes other historians to task for either glossing over this aspect or dismissing it as a kind of necessary concomitant evil to the seismic shifts of change His view is that violence was the heart and soul of the revolution and indeed the dilemma of those who were trying to run the country was always the uestion should they appeal to the masses incite violent insurrection or should they strengthen the authority of the few authority that could only be applied through military style or Terreur violenceSchama also concentrates on pointing out many of the continuities between pre Revolutionary and Revolutionary society This is the trend in historiography in order to make the endless march of time a bit manageable it has always been divided into chunks like The Renaissance The Reformation This tends to give the impression that these events heralded a sudden sea change in every aspect of life whereas scholarship now is aware of how artificial and euro centric these markings off are Certainly the French Revolution is often seen as the crucible of modernity as if European society was feudalistic its government absolutist monarchical and its economy regulated and controlled before the revolution and suddenly became free democratic liberal and ruled by the market after 1789 Naturally the process is that a process and there was a patchwork of measures and changes in political life that didn t always translate through to much difference in social structuresAs other comments here have emphasised this concentration on daily events and the mix of continuities and discontinuities makes this a demanding read as the reader is not given any help in ordering these events into categories that might help in grasping their significance But that is precisely its greatest asset it avoids ideology

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Citizens Chronicle of the French Revolution

Lient country vital inventive infatuated with novelty technology A fres. Elephant of the Bastille Arrogant and bloated style and in such detail that after a while one just wants to scream 948 pages of it Skimming through the really snoozy parts but after twenty hours of listening I have still over half to goSeven months later Loaded what was left of this into the mp3 so I could garden and walk and that worked better for me Saying that though I am glad to see the back of it

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H view of Louis XVI's France A NY Times cloth bestseller illustrations.. This is not necessarily bad I just got lost in the maddening warrens of informationvarious characters I may try and come back to this at some future date but I probably need to find a straight forward history to give me better fundamental schooling on the French Revolution It s uite complex and Schama doesn t really ground things with solid timelines and exposition imo Probably a better read for those who already have some knowledge on the subject


10 thoughts on “Citizens Chronicle of the French Revolution

  1. says:

    I wanted to read about the French Revolution So I searched on for the biggest cheapest book that I could find to give me an

  2. says:

    From this place this time forth commences a new era in world history you can all say that you were present at its birthGoethe after the battle of ValmyPreludeThis is my impression of this book Schama and Edward Burke take a stroll through an apple orchard in the late spring look at the beautiful trees how marvellous and the busy little bees flying amongst the blossom the blossom on the trees so charming and delicate a

  3. says:

    Schama takes 700 odd pages to cover the period from 1778 to the death of Robespierre in 1794 something that other no less respectable historia

  4. says:

    Poor Louis XVI He just wanted to make maps and hang out with sailors

  5. says:

    Elephant of the Bastille Arrogant and bloated style and in such detail that after a while one just wants to scream 948 pages of it Skimming through the really snoozy parts but after twenty hours of listening I hav

  6. says:

    The standard narrative of the French Revolution is of the oppressed proletariat heroically rising up to throw off the intolerable burden of a cruel and indifferent monarchy The reality of course was far complicated and Simon Schama’

  7. says:

    This is not necessarily bad I just got lost in the maddening warrens of informationvarious characters I may try and come back to this at some future date but I probably need to find a straight forward history to give me better fundame

  8. says:

    Dear Mr Schama If you can't find the time to edit your own books then might I suggest hiring someone to edit them for you?

  9. says:

    A detailed book on the French Revolution The best aspects of this book are when the author becomes personal – as when he

  10. says:

    The real achievement in this book is that the author managed to make one of the most lively and interesting periods in history not only boring but painfully excruciatingly boring The French Revolution was bloody and funny and dark and incredible and really important to present day events Yet trying to read this account of it is m