The French Revolution – In a Nutshell (unabridged)

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The French Revolution – In a Nutshell (unabridged)

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26th Oct 2009




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The French Revolution – In a Nutshell (unabridged)

Read by Roy McMillan

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The fifth in the new Naxos AudioBooks series ‘In a Nutshell’, The French Revolution is a short and accessible introduction to one of the most important periods in European history. It brings vividly to life the implacable Robespierre, the frightened Marie Antoinette and the iconic image of the guillotine. But it also demonstrates the key role the Revolution played in the development of European politics.

Neil Wenborn: The French Revolution - In a Nutshell

We all think we know the French Revolution.

It was the attempts of Necker's successors…

Three days later the three orders assembled…

As in Paris, so in the rest of the nation.

In the course of the next year…

At this point everything started to go wrong.

The successor to the Constituent Assembly…

'When you undertake to run a revolution,'…

The tide of war had turned in France's favour…

The Terror of 1793-4…

What followed was one of the murkiest periods…

Some histories of the French Revolution end here…

The Guardian

“The former Chinese premier Zhou Enlai, the story goes, was once asked to comment on the significance of the French revolution. ‘It is too early to say,’ he replied. Happily for us Neil Wenborn is prepared not just to produce a vivid potted history of the political and social events that led to the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 and the purges that followed in Robespierre's murderous reign of terror but also, unlike Zhou, to assess its longterm influences worldwide. Succinct, entertaining, thought-provoking – everything the perfect history lesson should be.”

The Observer

“The bound captives drowned in holed boats in the Seine were just some of the thousands massacred during the years of the French Revolution. This detailed exposition shows how its ideals formed the basis of today’s liberal democracies and how its excesses were a forerunner of 20th-century repressions.”

The Times

“I approached The French Revolution – In a Nutshell unwillingly: it was the last of a pile of promising but soon disappointing titles that I had put in my car for sampling; it smacked of the schoolroom. How wrong I was. At the off Roy McMillan accurately predicted that all I knew about the French Revolution was derived from Baroness Orczy, A Tale of Two Cities and such famous images as Marat stabbed in his bath. His reading of Neil Wenborn’s canter through the financial and social causes, its violent progress and its significance for democracy is enthralling.”

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