Penguin Book

Children of the Revolution

Robert Gildea

Children of the Revolution takes a new look at the history of France, from the start of the French Revolution to the outbreak of the First World war. The French Revolution left its mark on every generation to which it gave birth. A mark of hope for a new dawn but also a mark of tragedy, which caused anarchy and bloodshed. Robert Gildea examines the revolutions of 1789, 1830, 1848 and 1871, Napolean's brief return from exile to power ending in his defeat at Waterloo, France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, and the challenge to French power at the hands of British and German agression in the lead up to the First World war. By exploring the themes that have defined France's distinctive version of a modern society as we understand it today, we can discover the affect that over a century of unrest has had on contemporary France.

Robert Gildea is a Professor of French History at Oxford University. He is the author of Barricades and Borders: Europe, 1800-1914, France Since 1945 and Marianne in Chains.

Publication date
  • History
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
16 pp b/w inset
Harvard University Press
Felicity Bryan Associates Ltd
Felicity Bryan Associates Ltd
Felicity Bryan Associates Ltd
Audio (Unabridged)
Felicity Bryan Associates Ltd
Continue browsing >