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The French Revolution and Napoleon


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List of Illustrations List of Maps Preface 1. 1789: A World Overturned 2. The Power of the People, 1789-1792 3. A Republic in Constant Crisis, 1792-1794 4. The Power of the Military, 1794-1799 5. From Bonapartist Republic to Napoleonic Empire, 1800-1807 6. The Napoleonic Eagle Soars and Finally Plummets, 1808-1815 Conclusion: Crucible of the Modern World Notes Index

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A global narrative history of the French Revolution from 1789 until the fall of Napoleon that emphasizes its global origins and consequences and explains why it is the formative event for modern politics.

About the Author

Lynn Hunt is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. She is the author of numerous books, including Inventing Human Rights and, with Jack R. Censer, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution. She is also the co-editor, along with Suzanne Desan and William Nelson, of The French Revolution in Global Perspective. Jack R. Censer is Professor of History at George Mason University, USA. He is the author of The French Press in the Age of Enlightenment (2004) and The French Revolution and Intellectual History (1989). He is also the co-author, along with Lynn Hunt, of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution (2001).


The authors provide excellent coverage of the French Revolution for an undergraduate audience with little familiarity with the topic ... this book should prove quite attractive to those searching for a survey course textbook. * H-War *
The great merit of this book is to invite discussion, by bringing such essential perspectives to the attention of a broader readership, not least students, in an extremely helpful fashion. Once again, their teachers will be truly grateful. * French History *
It would be hard to imagine a better book for introducing undergraduates to the French Revolution and Napoleon. The authors manage to pack an enormous amount into a relatively slim volume ... better yet, they manage to do so without sacrificing clarity. Excellent timelines and maps are also available to help students navigate through the inescapably vast cast of characters and events ... Overall, this book is enormously welcome, and fills an important niche. * English Historical Review *
Lynn Hunt and Jack R. Censer have produced an elegantly written, uniquely balanced global survey. Unlike previous works, it devotes as much attention to what came after the Terror as to what preceded it. In doing so, it convincingly situates the causes and consequences of the revolutionary era in their global context. It will be the new textbook for my French Revolution and Napoleon class. * Rafe Blaufarb, Professor of History, Florida State University, USA *
Lynn Hunt and Jack R. Censer place the French Revolution and Napoleon in the context of universal ideals and international war. If this book is about France, it is equally about French interactions with the wider world, the struggle between European states over colonial empires, the Haitian Revolution and independence movements in the Americas - a textbook for the global age we live in. * Alan Forrest, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of York, UK *
This innovative book compellingly situates the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era within its global frame. Competition for empire, transnational radicalism and the international exchange of ideas, revolutions across the Atlantic world, the crucible of war and French expansionism: the authors evocatively interweave all these global forces into their lively and accessible analysis of domestic events in France. * Suzanne Desan, Vilas-Shinners Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA *
A compact yet comprehensive survey with key primary sources - It's excellent! * Noelle Plack, Newman University, UK *
Only Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt, with their deep knowledge of the French Revolution, could have written this account of the French Revolution. It weaves national and European events, domestic and foreign affairs, into a seamless narrative. The French Revolution at home and abroad is thus revealed as a deeply complex and transformative movement that forged the modern world. * Allan Potofsky, Professor of History, Universite Paris-Diderot, France *

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