Citizens — A Chronicle of the French Revolution - Simon SchamaViking, 1989, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ. Price Clipped. A nice, tight copy.
At the heart of Schama's account is the transformation that permanently altered the history of Europe: that of 'subjects' to 'citizens'. Instead of the clichéd version of an Old Regime dying of infirmity and decrepitude, Schama shows us an ebullient country, infatuated with novelty and the cult of the new, where the crumbling of old distinctions between noble and commoner are evident. But France is the only power in Europe attempting to support both a great army and a great navy; the huge deficit opens the door to an aristocratic opposition, and the monarchy is forced to call the elections that begin its downfall. 948pp. Index. Size: 8vo Royal (9¾" x 6¼")
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