The Road to 1789

From Reform to Revolution in France

Nora C. Temple

Nora C. Temple

Distributed for University of Wales Press

122 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1992
Paper $13.00 ISBN: 9780708311448 Published May 1992 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The subject of the origins of the French Revolution is one of the most important and controversial themes in European history.
This fresh critical appraisal begins with a masterly exposition and assessment of recent scholarly debate on the subject, followed by a lucid analysis, supported by documentary evidence, of the multiple stresses which undermined the Old Regime.
The author concludes that a revolution was unavoidable because the Old Regime was incapable of reforming fundamental defects in its political structures, but it was the contingent circumstances of 1788-9 that made the Revolution unexpectedly radical.
Editors' Foreword
1.  What was the Revolution?
2.  The Depredations of War and Debt
3.  The Crown, the Parlements and the Church
4.  The Failure of Reform
5.  The Revolution becomes Radical
Illustrative Documents
Further Reading
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