Historical Dictionary of the French Revolution (Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest)
- Publish Date: 2015-01-15
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Paul R. Hanson
The French Revolution remains the most examined event, or period, in world history. It was, most historians would argue, the first modern revolution, an event so momentous that it changed the very meaning of the word revolution, from restoration, as in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 in England, to its modern sense of connoting a political and/or social upheaval that marks a decisive break with the past, one that moves a society in a forward, or progressive, direction. No revolution has occurred since 1789 without making reference to this first revolution, and most have been measured against it. One cannot utter the date 1789 without thinking of revolution, and so significant were the changes unleashed in that year that it has come to mark the dividing line between early modern and late modern European history Kings
This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the French Revolution covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries on the causes and origins; the roles of significant persons; crucial events and turning points; important institutions and organizations; and the economic, social, and intellectual factors involved in the event that gave birth to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this period.