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The Wiles Lectures


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Preface; Introduction Gwynne Lewis; 1. The present state of history; 2. History and sociology; 3. The problem of social history; 4. The meaning of feudalism; 5. The attack on seigneurial rights; 6. Who were the revolutionary bourgeois?; 7. Economic consequences of the Revolution; 8. A bourgeoisie of landowners; 9. Country against town; 10. Social cleavages among the peasantry; 11. The sans-culottes; 12. A revolution of the propertied classes; 13. Poor against rich; 14. Conclusion; Index.

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A 1999 reissue of a classic text on the French revolution, with an introduction by Gwynne Lewis.


'This is a provocative, lively, and well-written book, and its call for a truly modern sociology of the Revolution can only meet with general approval.' Review of Politics 'This book will be both stimulating and challenging to all those who have so far accepted the orthodox 'bourgeois versus aristocrat' theory.' The Times Educational Supplement

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