Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: The French Revolution: A Beginner's Guide

The French Revolution: A Beginner's Guide
The French Revolution: A Beginner's Guide by Davies Peter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A compact overview of the French Revolution (the end of the 18th century). The author does a good job listing the facts and clearly defining the different periods, while taking a neutral, rational approach to the analysis of this important historical event.

However, the book is rather dry and does not read as a coherent narrative - facts are followed by analysis, then new facts, new analysis etc. The last chapters are more interesting - especially in terms of highlighting the legends which have arisen after the French Revolution.

All in all, I would recommend this book.

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