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The French Revolution, 1774-1799 (HI31J): Bibliography

For PRIMARY SOURCES, see 'Sources' below.

Abbreviations used in Timetable

FRDC = Laura Mason and Tracey Rizzo, eds., The French Revolution: A Document Collection (1999), primary documents. [4 copies in library, reserve]

ORFR = Keith M. Baker, ed., The Old Regime and the French Revolution (1987), primary documents.

OHFR = David Andress, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution (2015) [Online book through library]

CFR = Peter McPhee, ed., A Companion to the French Revolution (2013) [online through library + 1 hardcopy]

FRCMPC = The French Revolution and the Creation of Modern Political Culture, 4 vols. with different editors: C. Lucas, K. M. Baker, François Furet.

 

General Overviews of 18th Century France

  • C. Jones, The Great Nation: France 1715-99 (2002)
  • A. Cobban, A History of Modern France, 1715-99 (1961)
  • W. Doyle (ed.), Old Régime France, 1648-1788 (2001)
  • E. Le Roy Ladurie, The Ancien Régime, 1610-1774 (1996)
  • J. Collins, The State in Early Modern France (1995)

 

The Enlightenment & the Origins of the French Revolution

  • D. Outram, The Enlightenment (1995)
  • P. Gay, The Enlightenment, 2. vols. (1966, 1969)
  • E. Cassirer, The Philosophy of the Enlightenment (1932)
  • R. Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1985)
  • R. Darnton, The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-revolutionary France (1995)
  • D. Bell, The Cult of the Nation in France, Inventing Nationalism, 1685-1800 (2001)
  • D. Bell, The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It (2007)
  • D. Van Kley, The Religious Origins of the French Revolution: From Calvin to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, 1560-1791 (1996)
  • K. M. Baker, Inventing the French Revolution (1990)
  • D. McMahon, Enemies of the Enlightenment: The French Counter-enlightenment and the Making of Modernity (2001)
  • A. Lilti, The World of the Salons: Sociability and Worldliness in Eighteenth-century Paris (2015)
  • P.R. Campbell, The Origins of the French Revolution (2006)
  • J. Sweetman, The Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution, 1700-1850 (1998)
  • R. Porter, The Enlightenment (2001 edn)
  • D. Roche, France in the Enlightenment (1998)
  • R. Chartier, Cultural Origins of the French Revolution (1993)
  • G. Kates (ed.), The French Revolution: Recent Debates and New Controversies (1998)
  • R. Schechter (ed.), The French Revolution: The Essential Readings (2001)
  • D. Garrioch, The Making of Revolutionary Paris (2002)
  • S. Maza, Private Lives, Public Affairs: The Causes Celebres of Pre-revolutionary France (1993)
  • W. Doyle, The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Regime ((2014)
  • T. Kaiser and D. Van Kley (eds), From Deficit to Deluge: The Origins of the French Revolution (2010)
  • C. Walton, Into Print: Limits and Legacies of the Enlightenment (2011)


The French Revolution: Overviews and Essay Collections

  • P. McPhee, Liberty or Death: The French Revolution (2016)
  • T. Tackett, The Coming of the Terror (2014)
  • P. McPhee, A Companion to the French Revolution (2014)
  • D. Andress (ed), The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution (2015)
  • S. Desan, L. Hunt, W. Nelson, The French Revolution in Global Perspective (2013)
  • C. Walton, ed. Into Print: Limits and Legacies of the Enlightenment (State College: Penn State University Press, 2011), see essays on the French Revolution.
  • A. Forrest, The French Revolution (1995)
  • D. Andress, The Terror: The Merciless War for Freedom in Revolutionary France (2005)
  • D. Sutherland, France 1789-1815 (1985)
  • C. Jones, The Longman Companion to the French Revolution (1989)
  • S. Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989)
  • P. Hanson, Contesting the French Revolution (2009)
  • J.R. Censer & L. Hunt, Exploring the French Revolution (2001)
  • J. Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution (5th edition, 2009)
  • A. Mayer, The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions (2000)
  • F. Furet, Revolutionary France, 1770-1880 (1992)
  • F. Furet and M. Ozouf, Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution (1989)
  • K. M. Baker, ed. The French Revolution and the Creation of Modern Political Culture. 4 vols. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1987-1994.
  • W. Doyle. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • P. McPhee, The French Revolution, 1789-1799. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • P. McPhee, Liberty or Death: The French Revolution, 2014.
  • D. Andress, The Terror: The Merciless War for Freedom in Revolutionary France. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
  • G. Kates, ed. The French Revolution: Recent Debates and New Controversies. London: Rutledge, 1998.
  • G. 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.
  • P. R. Hanson, Contesting the French Revolution (Malden, Maine: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
  • J. Popkin. A Short History of the French Revolution. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2002 (3rd edition).
  • J. Censer and L. Hunt, eds. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2001.
  • R. Schechter, ed. The French Revolution. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.
  • F. Fehér, ed. The French Revolution and the Birth of Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.
  • D. Andress, ed. Experiencing the French Revolution. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2013.
  • I. Woloch, The New Regime: Transformations of the French Civic Order, 1789-1820s (New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1994)
  • Temple, N., The Road to 1789: from Reform to Revolution in France (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1992).
  • Forest, Alan, The French Revolution, 1789-1799 (Oxford, Blackwell, 1995).
  • C. Jones, The Longman Companion to the French Revolution (1988)

  • S. Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989)

  • A. Mathiez, The French Revolution (London, 1928).

  • G. Lefebvre, The French Revolution, 2 vols. (1964)
  • J. Jaurès, A Socialist History of the French Revolution (2015, abridged; orig. early 20th)


Source book (primary sources)

See French sources in English. They span the early modern and revolutionary period. You may have to request titles through inter-library loan.

In addition:

  • P. Dwyer and P. McPhee, eds, The French Revolution and Napoleon: A Sourcebook (2002).
  • P. M. Jones, French Revolution In Social And Political Perspective (2003).
  • Iain Hampsher-Monk, The Impact of the French Revolution: texts from Britain in the 1790s (2005). For British sources!!!
  • J. Hardman (ed.), The French Revolution Sourcebook (1999).
  • L. Mason (L.) and T. Rizzo, The French Revolution: a document Collection (1999).
  • D. G. Levy, H. B. Applewhite, M. D. Johnson (eds), Women in Revolutionary Paris, 1789-1795 (1979).
  • K. M. Baker, The Old Regime and the French Revolution (1987).
  • J.R. Censer & L. Hunt, Exploring the French Revolution (2001).
  • P. Dwyer and P. McPhee, The French Revolution and Napoleon: A Sourcebook (2002).
  • O. Browning (ed.), Despatches from Paris, 1784-1790, 2 vols. (1909-1910). (avail online)
  • G. K. Fortescue. French Revolutionary Collections in the British Library (1979).
  • J. Censer and L. Hunt (eds.), Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2001.
  • P. Dwyer and P. McPhee. The French Revolution and Napoleon: A Sourcebook (2002).
  • J. H. Stewart. A Documentary Survey of the French Revolution (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)


Internet sources
The module makes full use of the University of Warwick Library’s resources, especially access to on-line collections. Particularly recommended is http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution, devised by Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt in connection with their edited volume, Exploring the French Revolution (2001: see above). Other useful websites include:


Historiographical Readers

  • Jones, P.M. (ed), The French Revolution in Social and Political Perspective (London: Arnold, 1996).
  • Censer, J.R. (ed.), The French Revolution and Intellectual History (Chicago: The Dorsey Press, 1989).
  • Blanning, T.C. (ed.), The Rise and Fall of the French Revolution (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1996).
  • Kates, G. (ed.), The French Revolution. Recent debates and new controversies (Routledge, 1998)
  • Kafker, F. and Laux, J., Napoleon and His Times: Selected Interpretations (1989)
  • Censer, J.R. and Hunt, Lynn, Exploring the French Revolution (2001)
  • R. Schechter (ed), The French Revolution: the Essential Readings (2001)
  • Lewis, G., The French Revolution: Rethinking the Debate (London and New York: Routledge, 1993).


Comparative Studies

  • 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)
  • Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions (1979)

Eyewitness Accounts and Memoirs

  • 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).


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.

Culture and the Intelligentsia

  • 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

  • Darnton, Robert and Roche, Daniel, The Revolution in Print: The Press in France, 1775-1800 (1989)
  • 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.
  • Hesse, Carla, Publishing and Cultural Politics and Revolutionary France, 1789-1810 (1991)
  • 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.
  • Popkin, Jeremy D. The Right-Wing Press in France, 1792-1800 (1980).
  • Murray, William James, The Right-Wing Press in the French Revolution, 1789-1792 (1986)
  • 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 www.archive.org to consult volumes; for which volumes correspond to which dates, see http://ihrf.univ-paris1.fr/spip.php?article61)
  • 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

  • C. Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.
  • V. Hugo, Ninety Three.
  • H. Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety.
  • R. Sabatini, Scaramouche