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The Age of the Democratic RevolutionA Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800$
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R. R. Palmer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161280

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161280.001.0001

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The French Revolution: The Explosion of 1789

The French Revolution: The Explosion of 1789

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(p.347) Chapter XV The French Revolution: The Explosion of 1789
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The Age of the Democratic Revolution
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R. R. Palmer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161280.003.0015

Instead of attempting the hopeless task of a full and rounded account of the French Revolution, this chapter selects a few points for more detailed treatment: how the year 1789 opened with a fully developed revolutionary psychology, what the Revolution essentially consisted of, and why the French Revolution, though inspired by much the same principles as the American Revolution, adopted different constitutional forms and took on a magnitude unknown to the upheavals of Western Civilization since the time of the Protestant Reformation. The chapter brings the story, for all countries, to about the year 1791, to the eve of the great war in which all these national and social developments were to be gathered together into one tremendous struggle.

Keywords:   French Revolution, revolutionary psychology, Western civilization, great war

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