French Revolution

ISBN-10: 0486445135

ISBN-13: 9780486445137

Edition: 2005 (Abridged)

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This is the history that introduced English-speaking people to the full meaning and tragedy of the French Revolution. Carlyle's scrupulous attention to facts and details, combined with his eloquent and poetic style, is populated by vivid characterizations of Louis XVi and Marie Antoinette, Mirabeau, Danton, Robespierre, Lafayette, Marat, and others.
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List price: $8.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Thomas Carlyle was a social critic and historian born in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, December 4, 1795, the same year as John Keats, but Carlyle is considered an early Victorian rather than a Romantic. After completing his elementary studies, he went to the University of Edinburgh but left in 1814 without a degree. His parents wanted him to become a minister in the Scottish church, but his independence of spirit made such a life program impossible. In 1816 he fell in love with, and was rejected by, a young woman. His love affair was followed by a period of doubt and uncertainty described vividly in Sartor Resartus, a work published in 1833 that attracted much attention. Carlyle's first literary work reveals his admiration for German thought and philosophy, and especially for the two great German poets Schiller and Goethe. The fictional autobiography of a philosopher deeply impressed Ralph Waldo Emerson who brought it back to the United States to be published there. History of the French Revolution (1837), rewritten after parts of it were mistakenly burned as kindling by John Stuart Mill, cemented Carlyle's reputation. The work brought him fame but no great wealth. As a result of his comparative poverty he was induced to give four series of public lectures. Of these the most famous were those On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic of History delivered in 1840 and published in 1841. Past and Present (1843), and Latter Day Pamphlets (1850) present his economic and industrial theories. With The Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell (1845), The Life of John Sterling (1851), and History of Frederick II of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great (1858-1865) he returned to biography. In 1865, Carlyle was made Lord Rector of Edinburgh.

Carlyle's Conception of History
The French Revolution: Characteristics
The French Revolution: Style
Dates in the Life of Carlyle
Chief Works quoted by Carlyle
Death of Louis XV; France in 1774
Vol. I, book I, chap. ii
The New Age
Louis XVI
Vol. I, book II, chap. i
The People
Ibid. chaps. ii, iii, vii
The Notables
Vol. I, book III, chap. iii
The States-General
Vol. I, book IV, chaps. i, ii, iv
The Third Estate
Vol. I, book v, chap. ii
To Arms!
Ibid. chaps. iv, v
Fall of the Bastille
Ibid. chap. vi
Vol. I, book VI, chap. i
The Menads
Vol. I, book VII, chaps. iv, v
The King at Paris
Vol. II, book I, chap. i
The Army
Vol. II, book II, chap. ii
The Clubs
Ibid. chap. v
Vol. II, book I, chap. ii; book III, chaps. vi, vii
Flight of the King
Vol. II, book IV, chaps. iii, v, vii, viii
The Constitution
Vol. II, book v, chap. i
Ibid. chap. v
The Jacobins
Ibid. chap. viii
The Marseillese
Vol. II, book VI, chap. ii
The Swiss
Ibid. chap. vii
The Commune
Vol. III, book I, chap. i
The September Massacres
Ibid. chaps. iv, v
The Cannonade of Valmy
Vol. III, book I, chap. vii
Execution of Louis XVI
Vol. III, book II, chaps. iii, iv, vii, viii
Girondins and Mountain
Vol. III, book III, chap. ii
The Committees
Ibid. chap. v
The New Calendar
Vol. III, book IV, chap. iv
Death of Marat
Ibid. chap. i
Ibid. chap. vii
The Reign of Terror
Vol. III, book V, chap. i
The Feast of Reason
Ibid. chap. iv
The New Paris
Ibid. chaps. vii, vi
Danton, No Weakness
Vol. III, book VI, chap. ii
Feast of the Etre Supreme
Ibid. chap. iv
Ibid. chaps. vi, vii
Decline of Revolution
Vol. III, book VII, chaps. i, ii
The Army
Ibid. chap. iii
The Whiff of Grapeshot
Ibid. chap. vii
Ibid. chap. v
Chronological Table
The Republican Calendar
The House of Bourbon
Index of Proper Names
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