Interpretations of the French Revolution

Classic Pamphlet

G. Rude, last updated: 16th February 2015

What did it achieve? What was its significance?

The French Revolution raises many questions not least: What sort of Revolution was it - one of "poverty" or "prosperity" ? a bourgeois revolution that overthrew feudalism?  A national struggle for liberty, democracy, or "eternal Justice" ? or, again, a criminal conspiracy against the old social order? What did it achieve? What was its significance?

It is the purpose of this pamphlet to consider the main stages of this discussion and some of the changing views and interpretations that have risen in the course of it.

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