The French Revolution: Recent Debates and New Controversies by Gary Kates

By Gary Kates

Gary Kates' The French Revolution is a set of key papers on the leading edge of present learn at the French Revolution. Kates contributes a transparent and thorough advent which contextualizes the historiographical controversies surrounding the Revolution, weaving them right into a refined narrative. Taken jointly, the items problem orthodox assumptions about the origins, improvement, and long term historic outcomes of the Revolution, together with the inevitability of the fear, next concerns for 19th century French heritage, the highbrow connection, the overdue position of Napoleon, and the feminist size. participants comprise: Albert Soboul, Colin Lucas, Keith Michael Baker, William H. Sewell, jr., Colin Jones, Timothy Tackett, John Markoff, Lyn Hunt and Olwen Hufton.

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L. Althusser, Montesquieu. La politique et l’histoire, 1959. We can only refer here to general works: J. Aynard, La bourgeoisie française, 1934; B. Groethuysen, Origines de l’esprit bourgeois en France, vol. I: L’Eglise et la Bourgeoisie, 1927; F. Borkenau, Der Uebergang vom feudalen zum burgerlichen Weltbild. Studien zur Geschichte der Philosophie der Manufakturperiode, 1934; see the remarks of L. Febvre, “Fondations économiques. Superstructure philosophique: une synthèse,” Annales d’histoire économique et sociale, 1934, p.

Other recent examples of this approach to gender history include Madelyn Gutwirth, The Twilight of the Goddesses: Women and Representation in the French Revolutionary Era (New Brunswick, 1992); Geneviève Fraise, Reason’s Muse: Sexual Difference and the Birth of Democracy, trans. Jane Marie Todd (Chicago, 1994); Christine Fauré Democracy Without Women: Feminism and the Rise of Liberal Individualism in France, trans. Claudia Goodman and John Berks (Bloomington, 1991); and Dorinda Outram, The Body and the French Revolution: Sex, Class and Political Culture (New Haven, 1989).

Scattered in numerous workshops, neither specialized – as a result of limited technological development – nor concentrated in large enterprises or industrial districts, often poorly differentiated from the peasantry, the wage-earners were no more capable than the peasants of conceiving effective solutions to their misery; the 29 ALBERT SOBOUL weakness of the guilds vouched for that. Hatred of the aristocracy and unmitigated opposition to the “fat” and the rich provided the ferment of unity for the laboring masses.

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