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The French revolution and what went wrong

The French revolution and what went wrong

Clarke, Stephen, 1958- author

Legend has it that, in a few busy weeks in July 1789, a despotic king, his freeloading wife, and a horde of over-privileged aristocrats, were displaced and then humanely dispatched. In the ensuing years, we are told, France was heroically transformed into an idyll of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité. In fact, as Stephen Clarke argues in his informative and eye-opening account of the French Revolution, almost all of this is completely untrue. In 1789 almost no one wanted to oust King Louis XVI, let alone guillotine him. While the Bastille was being stormed by out-of-control Parisians, the true democrats were at work in Versailles creating a British-style constitutional monarchy. The founding of the Republic in 1792 unleashed a reign of terror that caused about 300,000 violent deaths. And people hailed today as revolutionary heroes were dangerous opportunists

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Century, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Stephen Clarke
ISBN: 1780895518, 9781780895512
Physical Description: 576 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: France History Revolution, 1789-1799.; History.