The French Revolution - Dynamics, Influences and Debates 1787-1804
Éditions Armand Colin
Focusing on the Revolution’s impact on culture and religion, the development of a counter-revolutionary movement in the countryside, and on European perception of the events in France, Biard and Dupuy offer a fresh look at one of the world’s greatest turning points. Economic factors including the government’s debt, budget deficits, and taxation policies are discussed, as well as the intellectual, secularized atmosphere gaining in importance. The authors offer a fascinating view of how the revolutionaries went about changing notions of time and space by creating a new calendar, new holidays, new national symbols and new institutions, such as the “temples of Reason” that were to have replaced churches. The authors present the French Revolution as one of the defining moments in history, one that created a "new man" as well as modern European democratic political institutions. The French Revolution and the Empire [..] provided people in Europe with a new national ideal that would soon overturn the European monarchical order (p. 231). Going one step further, the authors reflect on whether the Revolution or the Napoleonic era left a great impact on monarchy in Europe as a whole. Includes an extensive bibliography, detailed chronology, maps, tables and diagrams.
Pascal Dupuy : Pascal Dupuy is a professor at the University of Rouen.