The French Revolution: Perception and History

  1. Popular Perceptions and Historical Realities
    1. History from Above and Below
    1. Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution. A History
    2. Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities
    3. Mrs. Montague Barstow’s The Scarlet Pimpernel
    1. War and Money
    2. Hailstorms and Crisis: 1789
    3. The Fall of Louis XVI

II. The Terror

    1. Jacobins and Girondins
    2. Sanscullottes: Sept. 5, 1793.
    3. July 27-28, 1794—The Fall of Robespierre
  1. Answers to Burke’s Reflections
    1. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790-1791)

It is necessary emphatically to repeat, that there are rights which men inherit at their birth, as rational creatures, who were raised above the brute creation by their improvable faculties; and that, in receiving these, not from their forefathers but, from God, prescription can never undermine natural rights.

    1. Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1791)