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Head of Zeus
The French Revolution
The French Revolution by David Andress
 The Landmark Library, 19

A short, brilliant and controversial new interpretation of arguably the most important revolution of all time: the event that made the rights of man and the demand for liberty, equality and fraternity central to modern politics. Part of the stunning Landmark Library series.

In this miraculously compressed, incisive book David Andress argues that it was the peasantry of France who made and defended the Revolution of 1789. That the peasant revolution benefitted far more people, in more far reaching ways, than the revolution of lawyerly elites and urban radicals that has dominated our view of the revolutionary period.

History has paid more attention to Robespierre, Danton and Bonaparte than it has to the millions of French peasants who were the first to rise up in 1789, and the most ardent in defending changes in land ownership and political rights. 'Those furthest from the centre rarely get their fair share of the light', Andress writes, and the peasants were patronised, reviled and often persecuted by urban elites for not following their lead.

Andress's book reveals a rural world of conscious, hard-working people and their struggles to defend their ways of life and improve the lives of their children and communities.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Modern History
22 Aug 2019 * 216pp * £8.99 * 9781788540063

'David Andress's important new book is a major contribution in our efforts to rethink the French Revolution' Timothy Tackett, on The Terror.

'Andress writes with verve, never allowing the pace to slacken, moving swiftly from one character or episode to another. The result is exhilarating' Tim Blanning, Sunday Telegraph, on 1789.

'To understand our current political situation, this excellent book is recommended as a handy primer'
 Spectator, on Cultural Dementia
David Andress
David Andress
David Andress is Professor of Modern History at the University of Portsmouth, and one of Britain's finest interpreters of the 18th and 19th centuries. His books include The French Revolution and the People (2004), The Terror (2005) and 1789 (2008). For Head of Zeus he has written a sharp polemic, Cultural Dementia: How the West Has Lost Its History and Risks Losing Everything Else – a book that analyses the rise of the National Front in France, Trump in the USA and the right-wing nationalists at the core of the Brexit project.
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