The French Revolution

The French Revolution

From Enlightenment to Tyranny

Book - 2016
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In this riveting new book, Ian Davidson provides a fresh look at this vital moment in European history. He reveals how it was an immensely complicated and multifaceted revolution, taking place in different places, at different times, and in different spheres; and how subsequently it became weighted with political, social, and moral values. Stirring and dramatic and filled with the larger-than-life players of the period and evoking the turbulence of this colorful time this is narrative history at its finest.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2016.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781681772509
Branch Call Number: 944.04 DA
Characteristics: xxii, 314 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Jun 24, 2018

Merde, that's quite a review below by, um, "donkeyhote." Like a lot of people, I have a lot of fragments about the French Revolution: the guillotine, the Terror, Marie Antoinette, "A Tale of Two Cities." But I didn't have much of a coherent historical sense of this epochal event, which occurred shortly after our own Revolution. There are, of course, tons of books out there on the subject, but author and journalist Ian Davidson, who has also written about Voltaire, has given us a lucid and accessible account. It can be hard to keep track of all the major players and the various factions, but it's a solid, readable introduction.

Feb 25, 2018

The summary comment at the top of the library page of this item calls the French Revolution "elusive" historical event. Well, if one researches a bit the literature that exists about it, in fact it's not elusive. Some sources say that the French Revolution was instigated by the Weishaupt group in Germany. A messenger of theirs was hit by a lightning while riding his horse toward France, and the documents found on him proved this. Other sources say that the mob of the French Revolution was in fact thugs, hired by the organizers. And that glorious storming of the Bastille too was overplayed - allegedly there were only 2-3 thieves inside it. And those who speak French, if they examine the text of the Marseillaise, if they remove just two letters from the last word of it, the meaning of it changes surprisingly. The Marseillaise contains the expression of "impure blood," and surprisingly we find the same thing in the Harry Potter story. In fact, both the text of the Marseillaise and the H.P. story are double speak. There are other details, which show in directions, which are not to be touched upon even as of today. And Communism 128 years later was a continuation of the same idea as that "glorious" French Revolution, where the chief heroes of the guillotine soon turned on each other. And when Communism started in E. Europe, the same thing repeated: in the beginning the fractions of the same ideology fought among themselves for power and executed each other (see: Conceptual Trials" in E. Europe) and the Russian fraction prevailed. What I've read about these and Weishaupt, were sources of general nature, and now, when I looked for items on him in the library, I found that none existed. However, Adam Weishaupt is a world famous figure, so, how come? He was the father of the "beehive," this analogy for perfect communism, and there is barely any person who would have not heard his name. But no item exists on him here, although he is known as the instigator of the French Revolution too in 1789-1793. There were many similar or fringe groups on his, and some of them exist today. Allegedly, Weishaupt was the inventor of political correctness with the idea of giving so much "right" to every individual, that nobody can tell his own opinion, because it would seem an attack on others' rights, so be "correct" and shut up. And what is the purpose of that idea? It's to create much conflict, and then dictatorship to install "order", and there we are in complete, perfect Communism. So, the French Revolution was a first try, then came Marx and Lenin, and some circles of the West helped these persons to create Communism. And some sources say that the Cold War was phony, a good theatrical thriller play to manipulate the world. All this is not "elusive" but rather "secretive" reality.


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