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By David Fernbach, Eric Hazan

ISBN-10: 1781685908

ISBN-13: 9781781685907

EPUB eISBN: 9781781685907
Authored by way of: Eric Hazan
Translated by means of: David Fernbach
Original e-book (Une histoire de l. a. Révolution française released by means of l. a. Fabrique in French): 2012

The attack at the Bastille, the Reign of Terror, Danton mocking his executioner, Robespierre shelling out a frightened justice, and the archetypal gadfly Marat -- the occasions and figures of the French Revolution have exercised a carry at the historic mind's eye for greater than two hundred years. it's been a template for heroic insurrection and, to extra conservative minds, a cautionary tale.

In the palms of Eric Hazan, writer of the discovery of Paris, the revolution turns into a rational and natural fight for emancipation. during this new heritage, the 1st major account of the French Revolution in over two decades, Hazan continues that it essentially replaced the Western global -- for the better.

Looking at heritage from the ground up, offering an account of operating humans and peasants, Hazan asks, how did they see their possibilities? What have been they combating for? What was once the fear and will it's justified? and the way was once the revolution stopped in its tracks? The People's background of the French Revolution is a vibrant retelling of occasions, bringing them to existence with a mess of voices. purely during this means, by means of knowing the wishes and calls for of the decrease sessions, can the innovative bloodshed and the implacable will of a guy similar to Robespierre be actually understood.

About the Author
Eric Hazan is the founding father of the writer l. a. Fabrique and the writer of numerous books, together with Notes at the profession and the hugely acclaimed Invention of Paris. He has lived in Paris, France, all his existence.

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On avait préparé quelques vaisseaux, donné les autorisations nécessaires aux commissaires de la Marine. On avait cherché de l'argent, et au moins on avait eu du papier; le banquier Crozat avait donné des lettres de crédit pour l'Ecosse. Tout cela n'était nullement ignoré. L'envoyé de George criait. On niait l'évidence. Mais le Prétendant était tout botté et allait partir de Lorraine, débarquer le 15 à Newcastle. Le roi rendit à la France un immense service en mourant le 1er septembre. S'il était mort le 10, le Prétendant ne l'eût pas su à temps, fût parti tout de même, et nous eût irrémédiablement enfournés dans le piège qu'on nous tendait.

Quel changement depuis le dernier roi! et quelle différence profonde d'avec tous les rois antérieurs! Qui règne? Moins un homme que le libre esprit et la grâce, le parti de l'humanité. Que signifie ce mot? Que, sous la barbarie des temps divers, sous le sanguinaire fanatisme, sous la cruelle raison d'Etat, de Montaigne à Molière, à Vauban, à Montesquieu, à Voltaire, au Régent, il exista toujours une succession d'esprits libres et doux qui, par des voix diverses, mais concordantes, nous rappelaient à la nature, à la clémence, à la bonté.

Je suis d'airain pour eux. Dubois, si utile au début, et qui a fait la paix du monde, je le marque au fer chaud. Law, ce grand esprit, inventif, désintéressé, généreux, mais de caractère faible, je le traîne au grand jour dans sa connivence aux fripons. Et le Régent, hélas! cet homme aimable, aimé, l'amant de toutes les sciences, si doux, si débonnaire ... l'histoire, pour tant de hontes et privées et publiques, a dû le mettre au pilori. Mais, avant d'en venir à ces justices définitives, je fais ce que je peux pour être juste aussi tout le long du chemin, et dans l'infini du détail.

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