The most authoritative social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution, and one of the great landmarks of modern history publishing.
'Monumental...provocative and stylish, Simon Schama's account of the first few years of the great Revolution in France, and of the decades that led up to it, is thoughtful, informed and profoundly revisionist' Eugen Weber, The New York Times Book Review
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.
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This is an outstanding book. It completely changed my perception of the events around the French Revolution. It is a little hard work at times and a little heavy, however it is also well worth the work. A great journey and I strongly recommend it.