Steven Laurence Kaplan reconstructs and analyzes the loud and bitter arguments over the meaning of the French Revolution which have consumed French intellectuals in recent years. Kaplan recounts the contemporary debates over the meaning of the Revolution, tracing the impact of the historians' bitter quarrel, from Parisian academic circles to the public arenas of the bicentennial celebration. He considers the roles played in those arguments by three of France's most influential historians: FranAsois Furet, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel Vovelle.... of grandiose symbols in deeds (the taking of the Bastille) and in words (the forging of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen). This is the Revolution with which the majority of the French bicentennial public felt comfortable, the Revolution of quasi consensus. ... It marked the end of aquot;aristocratic despotismaquot; and its multiple forms of enslavement, the ennobling of the people, the emergence ofanbsp;...
|Author||:||Steven Laurence Kaplan|
|Publisher||:||Cornell University Press - 1996-11-01|