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Comparative Studies

  • Theda Skocpol States and Social Revolutions
  • William Rosenberg and Marilyn Young Transforming Russia and China: Revolutionary Struggle in the Twentieth Century
  • Eric Wolf Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century
  • Arno Mayer, The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000)
  • François Furet, Revolutionary France, 1770-1880 (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing Limited, 1992)
  • R. R. Palmer, The Age of Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800, 2 vols. (1959, 1964)
  • Jacques Godechot, France and the Atlantic Revolution of the Eighteenth Century, 1770–1799, translated by Herbert H. Rowen (New York: Free Press, 1965)
  • Jack A. Goldstone, Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991)
  • Charles Tilly, European Revolutions, 1492-1992 (1993)
  • William Sewell, “Ideologies and Social Revolutions: Reflections on the French Case,” Journal of Modern History 57: 1 (1985), 57-85.
  • Hannah Arendt, On Revolution (New York: Penguin, 1963)
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution, trans. by Stuart Gilbert (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1955)

Eyewitness Accounts and Memoirs

  • N.N. Sukhanov The Russian Revolution: an Eyewitness Account
  • John Reed Ten Days that Shook the World
  • L. Trotsky The Russian Revolution (3 vols)
  • P. Miliukov Political Memoirs 1905-1917
  • Madame de Staël. Considerations on the principal events of the French Revolution 1818)
  • Memoirs of Madame Roland, An appeal to impartial posterity, by Citizenness Roland, wife of the Minister of the Home Department (1795).
  • Abbé Barruel. Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, translated from the French. (1797-98).
  • Grace Elliott. During the Reign of Terror: Journal of My Life During the French Revolution (1910). Arthur Young. Travels in France During the Years 1787, 1788, and 1789, ed. by Kaplow (1969).

Source Materials

  • E. Browder and A.F. Kerensky The Russian Provisional Government (3 vols)
  • Jonathan Daly and Leonid Trofimov Russia in War and Revolution 1914-22: a Documentary Collection
  • V.I. Lenin State and Revolution
  • Jack R. Censer and Lynn Hunt. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution. University Park: The Pennsylvania University Press: 2001.
  • Keith Michael Baker. The Old Regime and the French Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
  • Hardman, John. The French Revolution Sourcebook. London: Arnold, 1999.
  • Laura Mason and Tracy Rizzo. The French Revolution: A Document Collection. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.
  • Peter McPhee. The French Revolution and Napoleon: A Sourcebook. London: Routledge, 2002
  • John Hall Stewart. A Documentary Survey of the French Revolution. New York: McMillan, 1951.
  • C.-A. Dauban. Paris en 1794 et en 1795. Histoire de la rue, du club, de la famine, composée d'après des documents inédits, particulièrement les rapports de police et les registres du Comité de salut public, avec une introduction. Paris: Plon, 1869.
  • G. K. Fortescue. French revolutionary collections in the British Library: list of the contents of the three special collections of pamphlets, journals and other works in the British Library, relating chiefly to the French Revolution (London: British Library, 1979).
  • Browning, Oscar (ed.), Despatches from Paris, 1784-1790. 2 vols. London: Office of the Society, 1909-1910.
  • Arthur Young, Travels in France in the Years 1787- 1788, 1789. Edited by C. Maxwell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1929)
  • For online sources for France:
  • Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Online Resources at
  • Eighteenth-century Collections Online (through online databases of library)
  • Making of the Modern World (through online databases of library)
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France – Gallica

Historical Dictionaries and Reference Works

  • Samuel F. Scott, and Barry Rothaus, eds. Historical Dictionary of the French Revolution, 1789-1799. Historical Dictionaries of French History, 1. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985.
  • Albert Soboul, ed. Dictionnaire historique de la Révolution française. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1989.
  • François Furet and Mona Ozouf, eds. Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution. Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Presse, 1989.
  • D. G. Wright. Revolution and Terror in France, 1789-1795. London: Longman, 1990.
  • Ronald Caldwell. The Era of the French Revolution. New York//London: 1985.
  • Alfred Fierro. Bibliographie critique des mémoires sur la Révolution. Paris, 1989.
  • Edna HindieLemay,. Dictionnaire des Constituants, 1789-1791. 2 vols. Paris: Universitas, 1991.
  • Colin Jones. The Longman Companion to the French Revolution. London, New York: Longman, 1988.
  • A. Kuscinski, A. Dictionnaire des conventionnels. Yvelines: Editions du Vexin Français Brueil-en-Vexin, 1973.

Histories of the Revolution and Useful Essay Collections

  • Christopher Read From Tsar to Soviets: the Russian People and Their Revolution
  • Christopher Read War and Revolution in Russia 1914-22
  • Donald Raleigh Experiencing Russia’s Civil War
  • Richard Pipes The Russian Revolution 1899-1919
  • Richard Pipes Russia under the Bolshevik Regime 1919-24
  • Orlando Figes A People’s Tragedy
  • Evan Mawdsley The Russian Civil War
  • See Furet and Ozouf, Critical Dictionary, above.
  • Keith Michael Baker, ed. The French Revolution and the Creation of Modern Political Culture. 4 vols. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1987-1994.
  • William Doyle. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Peter McPhee, The French Revolution, 1789-1799. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • David Andress, The Terror: The Merciless War for Freedom in Revolutionary France. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
  • Gary Kates, ed. The French Revolution: Recent Debates and New Controversies. London: Rutledge, 1998.
  • Gwynne Lewis. The French Revolution: rethinking the debate. London: Routledge, 1993.
  • T. C. W. Blanning, ed. The Rise and Fall of the French Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • Paul R. Hanson, Contesting the French Revolution (Malden, Maine: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
  • Jeremy Popkin. A Short History of the French Revolution. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2002 (3rd edition).
  • Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt, eds. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2001.
  • Ronald Schechter, ed. The French Revolution. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.
  • Ferenc Fehér, ed. The French Revolution and the Birth of Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.
  • Thomas Kaiser and Dale Van Kley, eds. From Deficit to Deluge: The Origins of the French Revolution. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011.
  • David Andress, ed. Experiencing the French Revolution. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2013.
  • Suzanne Desan, Lynn Hunt and William Max Nelson, eds. The French Revolution in Global Perspective. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2013.
  • Charles Walton, ed. Into Print: Limits and Legacies of the Enlightenment (State College: Penn State University Press, 2011), see essays in the section on the French Revolution.
  • Isser Woloch, The New Regime: Transformations of the French Civic Order, 1789-1820s (New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1994)

Culture and the Intelligentsia

  • A. Gleason et al (eds) Bolshevik Culture
  • William Rosenberg (ed) Bolshevik Visions: First Phase of the Cultural Revolution in Soviet Russia (2 vols)
  • Christopher Read Culture and Power in Revolutionary Russia: The Intelligentsia and the Transition from Tsarism to Communism
  • Keith M. Baker, Inventing the French Revolution: Essays on French Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • Roger Chartier, The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1991.
  • Robert Darnton, The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-revolutionary France. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1995.
  • Gary Kates, The Cercle Social, the Girondins, and the French Revolution. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.
  • Emmet Kennedy, Cultural History of the French Revolution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.
  • Lynn Hunt, Politics, Culture and Class in the French Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
  • Charles Walton, Policing Public Opinion in the French Revolution: The Culture of Calumny and the Problem of Free Speech (Oxford University Press, 2009).

British Responses to the French Revolution

  • Mark Philp, ed. The French Revolution and British Popular Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
  • Marilyn Morris. The British Monarchy and the French Revolution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.
  • J. E. Cookson. The British Armed Nation, 1793-1815. New York: Clarendon Press of Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Iain Hampsher-Monk, The Impact of the French Revolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
  • Emma Vincent Macleod, ‘British Attitudes to the French Revolution,’ The Historical Journal 50: 3 (Sept 2007), 689-709, very good overview of the recent literature on the topic.

The Press and Revolution

  • Godechot, Jacques. "La Presse française sous la Révolution et l'Empire." In Histoire générale de la presse française. Edited by Claude Bellanger et al. Vol. 1, 405-569 3 vols. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1969-1972.
  • Gough, Hugh. The Newspaper Press in the French Revolution. Chicago: The Dorsey Press, 1988.
  • Hatin, Eugène. Histoire politique et littéraire de la presse en France. 8 vols. Paris: Poulet-Malassis, 1859-1861.
  • Popkin, Jeremy D. Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799. Durham: Duke University Press, 1990.
  • Stuart Andrews. The British Periodical Press and the French Revolution, 1789-1799. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.

Printed Archives, Legislative Debates, Legislation

  • Actes de la Commune de Paris pendant la Révolution Sigismond Lacroix, 392-414. Paris: L. Cerf//Charles Noblet//Maison Quantin, 1895.
  • Archives parlementaires de 1787 à 1860: Recueil complet des débats législatifs et politiques des Chambres françaises. eds. M. J. Mavidal, and M. E. Laurent. 1st series, 82 vols. Paris: P. Dupont, 1867-1913. (see to consult volumes; for which volumes correspond to which dates, see
  • Réimpression de l’ancien Moniteur, seule histoire authentique et inaltérée de la Révolution française depuis la réunion des Etats-Généraux jusqu’au Consultat (mai 1789-novembre 1799) avec des notes explicatives. Paris: Plon Frčres, 1850-1854. Mortimer-Ternaux, Louis. Histoire de la Terreur. 8 vols. Paris: Lévy frères, 1869.

Fictional Representation of the Revolution

  • Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivago
  • Evgeny Zamiatin We
  • Aleksandr Blok The Twelve (a poem in A. Blok Selected Works)

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