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The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution

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The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution brings together a sweeping range of expert and innovative contributions to offer engaging and thought-provoking insights into the history and historiography of this epochal event. Each chapter presents the foremost summations of academic thinking on key topics, along with stimulating and provocative interpretations and suggestions for future research directions. Placing core dimensions of the history of the French Revolution in their transnational and global contexts, the contributors demonstrate that revolutionary times demand close analysis of sometimes tiny groups of key political actors - whether the king and his ministers or the besieged leaders of the Jacobin republic - and attention to the deeply local politics of both rural and urban populations. Identities of class, gender and ethnicity are interrogated, but so too are conceptions and practices linked to citizenship, community, order, security, and freedom: each in their way just as central to revolutionary experiences, and equally amenable to critical analysis and reflection.

This Handbook covers the structural and political contexts that build up to give new views on the classic question of the 'origins of revolution'; the different dimensions of personal and social experience that illuminate the political moment of 1789 itself; the goals and dilemmas of the period of constitutional monarchy; the processes of destabilisation and ongoing conflict that ended that experiment; the key issues surrounding the emergence and experience of 'terror'; and the short- and long-term legacies, for both good and ill, of the revolutionary trauma - for France, and for global politics.

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David Andress received his DPhil from the University of York in 1995, and has worked at the University of Portsmouth for the last twenty years. He has published widely on the French Revolution, from micro-studies of Parisian responses in 1789-91 to introductory textbooks, and from monographs to major syntheses and works of comparative history.

Part 1: Origins

1: Economic and Demographic Developments, Silvia Marzagalli
2: The Bourgeoisie, Capitalism, and the Origins of the French Revolution, Lauren R. Clay
3: Nobility, Jay M. Smith
4: The monarchy, Joël Félix
5: Books, Philosophy, Enlightenment, Simon Burrows
6: Tumultuous Contexts and Radical Ideas (1783-89). The 'Pre-Revolution' in a Transnational Perspective, Annie Jourdan
7: The Diplomatic Origins of the French Revolution, Thomas E. Kaiser
Part 2: The Coming of Revolution
8: The View from Above, John Hardman
9: The View from Below: the 1789 cahiers de doléances, Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire
10: A Social Revolution? Rethinking Popular Insurrection in 1789, Peter McPhee
11: A Personal Revolution: National Assembly Deputies and the Politics of 1789, Micah Alpaugh
Part 3: Revolution and Constitution
12: Sovereignty and Constitutional Power, Michael P. Fitzsimmons
13: The New Regime: Political Institutions and Democratic Practices under the Constitutional Monarchy, 1789-91, Malcolm Crook
14: Revolution and Changing Identities in France, 1787-1799, Jeremy D. Popkin
15: Religion and Revolution, Edward J. Woell
16: Urban Violence in 1789, D. M. G. Sutherland
17: Revolution, race and slavery, Manuel Covo
Part 4: Counter-revolution and collapse
18: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Ambrogio Caiani
19: Emigration in Politics and Imaginations, Kirsty Carpenter
20: Challenges in the Countryside, 1790-2, Noelle Plack
21: Club, Party and Faction, Charles Walton
22: Military Trauma, Alan Forrest
Part 5: The New Republic
23: Politics and Insurrection: The Sans-culottes, The 'Popular Movement' and the People of Paris, David Andress
24: War and Diplomacy (1792-1795), Marc Belissa
25: From Faction to Revolt, Paul Hanson
26: What was the Terror?, Dan Edelstein
27: Terror and Politics, Marisa Linton
28: Reckoning with Terror: Retribution, Redress, and Remembrance in Post-Revolutionary France, Ronen Steinberg
29: Jacobinism from Outside, Mike Rapport
Part 6: After Thermidor
30: Thermidor and the Myth of Rupture, Laura Mason
31: The Politics of Public Order, 1795-1802, Howard G. Brown
32: The New Elites: Questions about political, social and cultural reconstruction after the Terror, Jean-Luc Chappey
33: Napoleon, The Revolution, and The Empire, Philip Dwyer
34: Lasting Political Structures, Isser Woloch
35: Lasting Economic Structures: Successes, Failures, and Revolutionary Political Economy, Jeff Horn
36: Did Everything Change? Rethinking Revolutionary Legacies, Jennifer Heuer

37: Global Conceptual Legacies, David A. Bell