From the author of the bestselling The Embarrassment of Riches comes an original and electrifyingly new narrative account of the French Revolution. 75 illustrations. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.From the author of the bestselling The Embarrassment of Riches comes an original and electrifyingly new narrative account of the French Revolution. 75 illustrations. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.Read Less
Very good in very good dust jacket. Excellent overall condition. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 948 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. A chronicle of the French Revolution. A Borzoi book.
New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 948 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. FRENCH HISTORY. A monumental sized history of the French Revolution. Instead of the dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital and inventive, infatuated with novelty and technology-a strikingly fresh view of Louis XVI's France. Includes an Index. "Simon Schama's brilliant book...[is] the finest tribute he could have paid to the subject of his choice."-Anita Brookner, The London Observer
This book is an 875 page doorstopper. It is a highly detailed review of the French Revolution from beginning to end. The book is encyclopedic !!. It is also well ilustrated. Schama is of course a very prolific historian. He has covered the British Monarchy and has written extensively on U.S. history.
There were so many players and actors in the French Revolution that it is often hard to keep track of who is who.
Schama's discussion of Charlotte Corday, the assassin of Joachim Marat in his bathtub
is a lustrous jewel in this story.
I was enlightened for the most part by this history but at times was a bit confused as more and more unfamiliar French names and place names were introduced but not fully explained. Of course if they were all explained the book would have been twice as long.
Taken as a whole I enjoyed many parts of the book and suffered through other parts. Which I suppose attests to the validity of Schamas' effort. David A. Reskof, M.D..
Aug 31, 2011
This makes my third copy--- gave the others as presents--- keeping this one for myself--- I'm a BIG Schama fan--- I have his DVD on art and history of Britain, too.Try it, you might like it!
Publishers Weekly, 1990-02-09 In what PW called a ``sprawling, provocative, sometimes infuriating chronicle that stands much conventional wisdom on its head,'' Schama argues that the Revolution did not produce a ``patriotic culture of citizenship'' but was preceded by one. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1989-02-17 The Old Regime, far from being moribund on the eve of the French Revolution, bristled with signs of dynamism and energy, writes Schama in this sprawling, provocative, sometimes infuriating chronicle that stands much conventional wisdom on its head. His contention is that the Revolution did not produce a ``patriotic culture of citizenship'' but was preceded by one. The privileged classes, he argues, were open to new blood, and a ``capitalist nobility'' deeply involved in industrial enterprise supported technological innovation. If Schama ( The Embarrassment of Riches ) is correct, the fiscal havoc of Louis XVI's regime did not have revolution as its inevitable outcome, but a cult of violence, endorsed by romanticism, became the engine of historical change in a country gripped by paranoia. Schama's startling revisionist synthesis is enriched by over 200 illustrations bringing popular arts and revolutionary fervor to life. 40,000 first printing; BOMC main selection. (Apr.)
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