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A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution (edició 2020)

de Jeremy D. Popkin (Autor)

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From an award-winning historian, a magisterial account of the revolution that created the modern world The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society -- even if, after more than two hundred years, they are more contested than ever before. In A New World Begins, Jeremy D. Popkin offers a riveting account of the revolution that puts the reader in the thick of the debates and the violence that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a new society. We meet Mirabeau, Robespierre, and Danton, in all of their brilliance and vengefulness; we witness the failed escape and execution of Louis XVI; we see women demanding equal rights and black slaves wresting freedom from revolutionaries who hesitated to act on their own principles; and we follow the rise of Napoleon out of the ashes of the Reign of Terror. Based on decades of scholarship, A New World Begins will stand as the definitive treatment of the French Revolution.… (més)
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A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution de Jeremy Popkin

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Excellent popular history ( )
  MarkHarden | Jun 23, 2022 |
Abandoned after 60%. It's a long book and not holding my interest. For all the colorful events, the revolution is characterized by a lot of complications and a large cast of characters, events go by quickly to adequately portray and explain in one volume. To it's credit a "New History" with space for minorities and colonialism and doing so seamlessly without feeling revisionist. Reminds of Alan Taylor's approach.
  Stbalbach | May 28, 2022 |
This was a long book, but worth the time. I learned a lot! I like the way the author presented the economic, political, cultural and military aspects of the French Revolution. I like the way he included ordinary citizens, women, slavery and colonialism. It's a very complete and balanced presentation. Although I found it hard to keep track of some of the minor players...there were so many people discussed in the book. A list of "characters" would have been helpful.

While I knew a little about the French Revolution, I wasn't aware of how many "firsts" it achieved: decriminalization of homosexuality, universal male suffrage, colonials recognized as citizens and the first Black legislator in Europe. I wasn't aware of the expansionist ambitions of the revolutionaries, nor some of their more radical ideas such as removing male children from the home at age 5 to educate them or making people responsible for the misdeeds of their friends. Not to mention the new calendar!

I think my biggest take-aways are that the French Revolution remains an important event that we should study because it dealt with so many issues that are still facing democracies, such as the best relationship between church and state. And, that terms like "liberty" and "equality" mean very different things to different people, then and now. ( )
  LynnB | Dec 8, 2020 |
Sometimes, you just want a perfectly solid history of a major event, informed by recent research. Here you go. This is easy to read, if not a Gibbonesque masterpiece; it includes Haiti, and women, and slavery, without pointing giant fingers at itself to make you aware of its own moral rectitude; it does cultural stuff and political stuff and military stuff; it doesn't try to blow your mind. If you would like to learn about the French revolution, this is your book. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
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The author here presents an all-encompassing explanation of those brief years in a weighty tome that nevertheless reads like a novel.
 
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The force of things has perhaps led us to do things that we did not foresee. -- Louis-Antoine de Saint-Just, 1794
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To my parents, Richard H. Popkin (1923-2005) and Juliet Popkin (1924-2015), who inspired me with a love of learning, and my grandmother Zelda Popkin (1898-1983), who made me want to be a writer.
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At the end of 1793, a printer in the American frontier settlement of Lexington, Kentucky, as far away from the French Revolution as any point in the Western world, published The Kentucky Almanac, for the Year of the Lord 1794.
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From an award-winning historian, a magisterial account of the revolution that created the modern world The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society -- even if, after more than two hundred years, they are more contested than ever before. In A New World Begins, Jeremy D. Popkin offers a riveting account of the revolution that puts the reader in the thick of the debates and the violence that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a new society. We meet Mirabeau, Robespierre, and Danton, in all of their brilliance and vengefulness; we witness the failed escape and execution of Louis XVI; we see women demanding equal rights and black slaves wresting freedom from revolutionaries who hesitated to act on their own principles; and we follow the rise of Napoleon out of the ashes of the Reign of Terror. Based on decades of scholarship, A New World Begins will stand as the definitive treatment of the French Revolution.

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