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"Alfred Cobban saw the French Revolution as central to the 'grand narrative of modern history', but provided a salutary corrective to many celebrated social explanations, determinist and otherwise, of its origins and development." "A generation later this concise but powerful intervention is now reissued with a new introduction by Gwynne Lewis, providing students with both a context for Cobban's own arguments and an assessment of the course of Revolutionary studies in the wake of The Social Interpretation. This book remains a handbook of revisionism for Anglo-Saxon scholars, and is essential reading for all students of French history at undergraduate level and above."--Jacket.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The Present State of History History and Sociology The Problem of Social History The Meaning of Feudalism The Attack on Seigniorial Rights Who were the Revolutionary Bourgeois? Economic Consequences of the Revolution A Bourgeoisie of Landowners Country Against Town Social Cleavages Among the Peasantry The Sans-Culottes A Revolution of the Propertied Classes Poor Against Rich.