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University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 7

The Old Regime and the French Revolution

John W. Boyer and Julius Kirshner, General Editors
The University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization (nine volumes) makes available to students and teachers a unique selection of primary documents, many in new translations. These readings, prepared for the highly praised Western civilization sequence at the University of Chicago, were chosen by an outstanding group of scholars whose experience teaching that course spans almost four decades. Each volume includes rarely anthologized selections as well as standard, more familiar texts; a bibliography of recommended parallel readings; and introductions providing background for the selections. Beginning with Periclean Athens and concluding with twentieth-century Europe, these source materials enable teachers and students to explore a variety of critical approaches to important events and themes in Western history.

Individual volumes provide essential background reading for courses covering specific eras and periods. The complete nine-volume series is ideal for general courses in history and Western civilization sequences.

The table of contents for all nine volumes in the RWC series.

476 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1987

Readings in Western Civilization

History: European History

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword
General Introduction

The Old Regime
Social and Cultural Foundations
1. Loyseau, A Treatise on Orders
2. Bossuet, Politics Derived from the Words of Holy Scripture
Absolute Monarchy on Trial
3. A Royal Tongue-Lashing
4. Remonstrance of the Cour des Aides
Enlightenment and Reform
5. Diderot, The Definition of an Encyclopedia
6. Turgot, On Foundations
7. Turgot, Memorandum on Local Government
8. Protests of the Parlement of Paris (March, 1776)

From Reform to Revolution

The Reform Crisis
9. Proceedings of the Assembly of Notables (1787)
10. Parlementary Opposition (April-May 1788)
Calling the Estates General
11. Order in Council Concerning the Convocation of the Estates General (5 July 1788)
12. Sallier, Recollections of a Parlementary Magistrate
13. Memorandum of the Princes of the Blood (December 1788)
14. Sieyès, What Is the Third Estate?
15. Regulations for the Convocation of the Estates General (24 January 1789)
From Estates General to National Assembly
16. Dispatches from Paris (April-July 1789)
17. Deliberations at the Estates General (June 1789)
Abolition of Feudal Regime
18. Peasant Grievances
19. Reports of Popular Unrest (July-September 1789)
20. Decrees of the National Assembly (10-11 August 1789)
21. The "October Days"
A National Constitution and Public Liberty
22. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
23. The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (12 July 1790)
24. Viefville des Essars, On the Emancipation of the Negroes (1790)
25. The Le Chapelier Law (14 June 1791)
26. The Constitution of 1791
27. Gouges, Declaration of the Rights of Women

Revolutionary Politics

The King’s Flight and Popular Politics
28. The King’s Declaration on leaving Paris (20 June 1791)
29. The Champ de Mars Massacre (17 July 1791)
30. National Assembly Debate on Clubs (20 September 1791)
The Fall of the Monarchy
31. Roland, Letter to the King (10 June 1792)
32. The Revolution of 10 August 1792
33. The "September Massacres"
The Convention Divided
34. The King’s Trial
35. Purge by Insurrection (31 May-June 1793)
The Evolution of Terror
36. Documents of the Sans-Culottes
37. Decreee Esablishing the Levée en Masse (23 August 1793)
38. "Make Terror the Order of the Day" (5 September 1793)
39. The Law of Suspects (17 September 1793)
40. Saint-Just, Report to the Convention on Behalf of the Committee of Public Safety (10 October 1793)
41. The Revolutionary Calendar
42. Robespierre, Report on the Principles of Political Morality (5 February 1794)
43. The Festival of the Supreme Being (8 June 1794)

After the Terror

44. Manifesto of the Directors (15 November 1795)
45. The Conspiracy of Equals (1796)
46. Bonaparte, Letter to the Executive Directory (15 July 1797)
47. The Coup d’Etat of 18 Brumaire 1799
48. Napoleonic Ideas

Reflections on the French Revolution

49. Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
50. Maistre, Considerations on France
51. Constant, Ancient and Modern Liberty Compared


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