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Children of the Revolution The French, 1799-1914 by Robert Gildea

Children of the Revolution The French, 1799-1914


Children of the Revolution The French, 1799-1914 by Robert Gildea

Nineteenth-century France was one of the world's great cultural beacons, renowned for its dazzling literature, philosophy, art, poetry and technology. Yet this was also a tumultuous century of political anarchy and bloodshed, where each generation of the French Revolution's 'children' would experience their own wars, revolutions and terrors. From soldiers to priests, from peasants to Communards, from feminists to literary figures such as Victor Hugo and Honore de Balzac, Robert Gildea's brilliant new history explores every aspect of these rapidly changing times, and the people who lived through them.


'An excellent book ! his real achievement lies in digging below the surface to present a tapestry of French life ! the overall sweep and depth of the book is masterly' - Jonathan Fenby, The Times 'Magisterial ! a spectacular new study ! teeming with anecdotes, gems and intriguing details' - Siofra Pierse, Irish Times 'A fine new history ! far-ranging, original and very enjoyable' - Virginia Rounding, Daily Telegraph 'Elegantly written ! vivid and constantly enriched by a gallery of portraits ! The author's sympathetic understanding of the French shines through his prose' - Sudhir Hazareesingh, Literary Review 'Masterly' - Graham Robb, Sunday Times 'A triumph' - Richard Vinen, Independent'

About the Author

Robert Gildea has spent a lifetime studying modern France. Among his major works are France Since 1945 and The Past in French History. His last book, Marianne in Chains, won the Wolfson Prize for History in 2002. He is Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford.

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Publication date

4th June 2009


Robert Gildea

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Penguin Books Ltd


560 pages


European history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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