French Revolution

Check out our French Revolution Reading List – two lists of top texts to read on the French Revolution compiled by David Andress and Rebecca Spang.

Abel, Jonathan. Guibert: Father of Napoleon’s Grande Armée. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.

Adler, Ken. Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763- 1815University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Alpaugh, Micah. Non-violence and the French Revolution: Political Demonstrations in Paris, 1787-1795Cambridge University Press, 2014.

—. The French Revolution: A History in Documents. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

Andress, David. French Society in Revolution, 1789-1799. Manchester University Press, 1999.

—, ed. The Oxford Handbook to the French RevolutionOxford University Press, 2016. 

—. The Terror: The Merciless War for Freedom in Revolutionary France. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Astbury, Katherine and Mark Philp, eds. Napoleon’s Hundred Days and the Politics of Legitimacy. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Aston, Nigel. Christianity and Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1830. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

—. Religion and Revolution in France, 1780-1804. Catholic University of America Press, 2000.

Aulard, F. –A., and Bernard Miall. The French Revolution: A Political History, 1789-1804. Russell & Russell, 1986.

Baecque, Antoine de. Glory and Terror: Seven Deaths under the French Revolution. Routledge, 2001.

—. La Révolution terrorisée. CNRS Éditions, 2017.

—. The Body Politic: Corporeal Metaphor in Revolutionary France, 1770-1800. Stanford University Press, 1997.

Baker, Keith Michael. The French Revolution and the Creation of Modern Political Culture: International Conference: Papers. Pergamon P., 1994. Vol. 1-4

—. Inventing the French Revolution: Essays on French Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Banks, Bryan A. and Erica Johnson, eds. The French Revolution and Religion in Global Perspective: Freedom and Faith. Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.  

Banks, Bryan A., “Real and Imaginary Friends in Revolutionary France: Quakers, Political Culture, and the Atlantic World,” in Eighteenth-Century Studies 50 no. 4 (Summer 2017): 361-379.

Barton, Nimisha and Richard S. Hopkins, eds. Practiced Citizenship: Women, Gender, and the State in Modern France. University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

Belhoste, Bruno. Paris Savant: Capital of Science in the Age of Enlightenment. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Belissa, Marc and Yannick Bosc. Le Directoire: La République sans la démocratie. La fabrique éditions, 2018.

Bell, David, The Cult of the Nation in France: Inventing Nationalism, 1680-1800. Harvard University Press, 2001.

—. Lawyers and Citizens: The Making of a Political Elite in Old Regime France. Oxford University Press, 1994.

—. Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

—. Napoleon: A Concise Biography. Oxford University Press, 2016.

—. Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past and PresentOxford University Press, 2016.

—. The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Making of the Modern World. Houghton Mifflin Co, 2007.

Bell, David A. and Yair Mintzker, eds. Rethinking the Age of Revolutions: France and the Birth of the Modern World. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Bertucci, Paola. Artisanal Enlightenment: Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France. Yale University Press, 2017.

Biard, Michel. La liberté ou la mort. Mourir en député, 1792-1795. Tallandier, 2015.

Biard, Michel and Marisa Linton. Terreur! La Révolution française face à ses demons. Armand Colin, 2020.

Blackman, Robert H. 1789: The French Revolution Begins. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Blanning, T. C. W. The French Revolutionary Wars, 1787-1802. London: Arnold, 1996.

—. “The Role of Religion in European Counter-Revolution, 1789-1815.” In History, Society, and the Churches, eds. Derek Beales and Geoffrey Best.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Blaufarb, Rafe. The Great Demarcation: The French Revolution and the Invention of Modern Property. Oxford University Press, 2016. 

—. The French Army, 1750-1820: Careers, Talent, Merit. Manchester University Press, 2002.

Bond, Elizabeth Andrews. The Writing Public: Participatory Knowledge in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France. Cornell University Press, 2021.

Bosc, Yannick. Le Peuple souverain et la démocratie: Politique de Robespierre. Editions critiques, 2019.

Boudon, Jacques-Olivier. La Campagne d’Egypte. Belin, 2018.

Broomhall, Susan, ed. Women and Power at the French Court, 1483-1563. Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

Brown, Howard G.  Ending the French Revolution: Violence, Justice and Repression from the Terror to Napoleon.  University of Virginia Press, 2006.

—. Mass Violence and the Self: From the French Wars of Religion to the Paris Commune. Cornell University Press, 2019.

Brown, Steward J. and Timothy Tackett.  The Cambridge History Christianity: Enlightenment, Reawakening, and Revolution, 1660-1815. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Burson, Jeffrey D. The Culture of Enlightenment: Abbé Claude Yvon and the Entangled Emergence of the Enlightenment. University of Notre Dame Press, 2019.

Burson, Jeffrey D. and Anton M. Matytsin, eds. The Skeptical Enlightenment: Doubt and Certainty in the Age of Reason. Liverpool University Press, 2019.

Cage, Claire E. Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815. University of Virginia Press, 2015.

Campbell, Peter Robert. The Origins of the French Revolution. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Carrard, Philippe. History as a Kind of Writing: Textual Strategies in Contemporary French Historiography. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Carter, Karen E. Scandal in the Parish: Priests and Parishioners Behaving Badly in Eighteenth-Century France. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

Censer, Jack. Prelude to Power: The Parisian Radical Press, 1789-1791. (John Hopkins University Press, 1976.

—. Press and Politics in Pre-Revolutionary France. University of California Press, 1987.

Chartier, Roger. The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution, trans. Lydia G. Cochrane. Duke University Press, 1991.

Chappel, James. Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church. Harvard University Press, 2018.

Choudhury, Mita and Daniel J. Watkins, eds. Belief and Politics in Enlightenment France: Essays in Honor of Dale K. Van Kley. Liverpool University Press, 2019.

Clay, Richard. Iconoclasm in Revolutionary Paris: The Transformation of SignsVoltaire Foundation, 2012.

Cobban, Alfred. The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution. Introduction by Gwynne Lewis. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Coleman, Charley. The Spirit of French Capitalism: Economic Theology in the Age of Enlightenment. Stanford University Press, 2021.

Coller, Ian. Muslims and Citizens: Islam, Politics & the French Revolution. Yale University Press, 2020.

Craplet, Michel. L’ivresse de la Révolution. Grasset, 2021.

Crook, Malcolm. Elections in the French Revolution: An Apprenticeship in Democracy, 1789-1799. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Curulla, Annelle. Gender and Religious Life in French Revolutionary Drama. Liverpool University Press, 2018.

Darnton, Robert. A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Davidson, Denise Z. France After Revolution: Urban Life, Gender, and the New Social Order. Harvard University Press, 2007.

Denton, Chad. Decadence, Radicalism, and the Early Modern French Nobility: The Enlightened and Depraved. Lexington Books, 2017.

Desan, Suzanne. The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Desan, Suzanne, Lynn Hunt, and William Max Nelson. The French Revolution in Global Perspective.Cornell University Press, 2013.

Desan, Suzanne. Reclaiming the Sacred: Lay Religion and Popular Politics in Revolutionary France. Cornell University Press, 1990.

—. “Transatlantic Spaces of Revolution: The French Revolution, Sciotomanie, and American Lands.” Journal of Early Modern History, 12 (2008), 467-505.

—, “What’s after Political Culture? Recent French Revolutionary Historiography,” French Historical Studies (2000), 163-196.

Descamps, Olivier and Rafael Domingo, eds. Great Christian Jurists in French History. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Douthwaite, Julia V. The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary FranceUniversity of Chicago Press, 2012.  [French Version here]

Doyle, William. Origins of the French Revolution. Oxford University Press, 1980.

Doyle, William. Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford University Press,  1989.

Durand, Stéphane; Arlette Jouanna, and Élie Pélaquier. Des États dans l’État: Les Etats de Languedoc, de la Fronde à la Révolution. Libraire Droz, 2014.

Edelstein, Dan. The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution. University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Edelstein, Melvin. The French Revolution and the Birth of Electoral Democracy. Routledge, 2014.

Endberg-Pedersen, Anders. Empire of Chance: The Napoleonic Wars and the Disorder of Things. Harvard University Press, 2015.

Evrand, Sébastien. Chouans contre Bleus (1793-1795). La justice militaire sous la Révolution française. Mare et Martin, 2019.

—. Les avocats au temps des Lumières: La réforme des assemblées provinciales de 1787. L’Harmattan, 2017.

Farge, Arlette. Vies oubliées: Au couer du XVIIIe siècle. Éditions La Découverte, 2019.

Firges, Pascal. French Revolutionaries in the Ottoman Empire: Diplomacy, Political Culture, and the Limiting of Universal Revolution, 1792-1798. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Fitzsimmons, Michael P. The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4, 1789, and the French Revolution. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003.

—. The Place of Words: The Académie Française and Its Dictionary during an Age of Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Fontana, Biancamaria. Germaine de Staël: A Political Portrait. Princeton University Press, 2016.

Friedeburg, Robert von and John Morrill, eds. Monarchy Transformed: Princes and Their Elites in Early Modern Western Europe. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Friedland, Paul. Political Actors: Representative Bodies and Theatricality in the Age of the French Revolution. Cornell University Press, 2002.

Furet, Francois, and Mona Ozouf. A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989.

Furet, François. Interpreting the French Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 1981.

Furet, Francois. Marx and the French Revolution. University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Fureix, Emmanuel. L’Œil blesse. Politiques de iconoclasme après la Révolution française. Champ Vallon, 2019.

Garrioch, David. The Making of Revolutionary Paris. University of California Press, 2004. 

Gaspar, David Barry and David Patrick Geggus, eds. A Turbulent time: the French Revolution and the Greater Caribbean.  Indian University Press, 1997.

Godechot, Jacques Léon. The Counter-Revolution: Doctrine and Action, 1789-1804. H. Fertig, 1971.

Godineu, Dominique.  The Women of Paris and their French Revolution.  University of California Press, 1988.

Gueniffey, Patrice. Bonaparte: 1769-1802. Belknap, 2015.

Hannoosh, Michèle. Jules Michelet: Writing Art and History in Nineteenth-Century France. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019.

Hardman, John. The Life of Louis XVI. Yale University Press, 2016.

—. Marie Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen. Yale University Press, 2019.

Hardwick, Julie. Sex in an Old Regime City: Young Workers and Intimacy in France, 1660-1789. Oxford University Press, 2020.

Hayhoe, Jeremy. Strangers and Neighbours: Rural Migration in Eighteenth-Century Northern Burgundy. University of Toronto Press, 2016.

Haynes, Christine. Our Friends the Enemies: The Occupation of France after Napoleon. Harvard University Press, 2018.

Hayworth, Jordan R. Revolutionary France’s War of Conquest in the Rhineland: Conquering the Natural Frontier, 1792-1797. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Heuer, Jennifer Ngaire. The Family and the Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830. Cornell University Press, 2005. 

Hoffman, Philip T., Gilles Postel-Vinay, and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal. Dark Matter Credit: The Development of Peer-to-Peer Lending and Banking in France. Princeton University Press, 2019.

Hont, Istvan. Politics in Commercial Society: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith. Harvard University Press, 2015.

Horn, Jeff. Economic Development in Early Modern France: The Privilege of Liberty, 1650-1820. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

—. The Making of a Terrorist: Alexandre Rousselin and the French Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2020.

Hufton, Olwen H. Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution. University of Toronto Press, 1992.

Hunt, Lynn.  The Family Romance of the French Revolution.  University of California Press, 1992.

Hunt, Lynn. “The French Revolution in Global Context.” In The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840, eds. David Armitage and Sanja Subrahmanyam. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Pp. 20-36.

Hunt, Lynn. Inventing Human Rights: A History. W.W. Norton, 2007.

Hunt, Lynn Avery. “The Many Bodies of Marie Antoinette: Political Pornography and the Problem of the Feminine in the French Revolution.” In Eroticism and the Body Politic, 108–130. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.

Hunt, Lynn Avery. Politics, Culture and Class during the French Revolution. University of California Press, 1984.

Israel, Jonathan I. Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre. Princeton University Press, 2014.

Johnson, Christopher H. Becoming Bourgeois: Love, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880. Cornell University Press, 2015.

Jones, Colin and Dror Wahrman, eds. The Age of Cultural Revolutions: Britain and France, 1750-1820.  University of California Press, 2002.

Jones, Colin. “The Great Chain of Buying: Medical Advertisement, the Bourgeois Public Sphere, and the Origins of the French Revolution.” The American Historical Review 101 (1996) 13-40.

Kaplan, Steven L. Farewell, Revolution: The Historians’ Feud : France, 1789/1989.Cornell University Press, 1995.

Kates, Gary, ed. The French Revolution: Recent Debates and New Controversies. Routledge, 1998.

Kennedy, Emmet. A Cultural History of the French Revolution. Yale University Press, 1989.

Kim, Mi Gyung. The Imagined Empire: Balloon Enlightenments in Revolutionary France. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016.

Kolla, Edward James. Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Kselman, Thomas. Conscience and Conversion: Religious Liberty in Post-Revolutionary France. Yale University Press, 2018.

Lafrance, Xavier. The Making of Capitalism in France: Class Structures, Economic Development, the State and the Formation of the French Working Class, 1750-1914. Brill, 2019.

Legacey, Erin-Marie. Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780-1830. Cornell University Press, 2019.

Landes, Joan B. Visualizing the Nation: Gender, Representation and Revolution in Eighteenth Century France. Cornell University Press, 2001.

—. Women and the Public Sphere in the Age of the French Revolution. Cornell University Press, 1988.

Lefebvre, Georges. The Coming of the French Revolution. Trans. by R.R. PalmerPrinceton University Press, 2005.

Levy, Darlene Gay, ed. Women in Revolutionary Paris, 1789-1795: Selected Documents.  University of Illinois Press, 1979.

Linton, Marisa. Choosing Terror: Virtue, Friendship, and Terror in the French Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Lorcin, Patricia M.E. and Todd Shepard, eds. French Mediterraneans: Transnational and Imperial Histories. University of Nebraska Press, 2016.

Luis, Jean-Philippe and Fabien Conord, eds. Violence & politique de la Révolution française au début du XXe siècle. Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, 2019.

Lyons, Martin. Napoleon Bonaparte and the Legacy of the French Revolution. St. Martin’s Press, 1994.

—. The Pyrenees in the Modern Era: Reinventions of a Landscape, 1775-2012. Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

MacKnight, Elizabeth C. Nobility and Patrimony in Modern France. Manchester University Press, 2018.

Maréchaux, Xavier. Noces révolutionnaires: Le mariage des prêtres en France, 1789-1815. Vendémaire, 2017.

Martin, Jean-Clément. Robespierre, la fabrication d’un monstre, Perrin, 2016.

—. Violence et Révolution. Essai sur la naissance d’un mythe national, Éditions du Seuil, 2006

Mathiez, Albert. The French Revolution. Russell & Russell, 1962.

Mattenson, Kieko. Forests in Revolutionary France: Conservation, Community, and Conflict, 1669-1848Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Mayer, Arno J. The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions.Princeton University Press, 2000.

Maza, Sarah C. The Myth of the French Bourgeoisie: An Essay on the Social Imaginary, 1750-1850. Harvard University Press, 2003.

McCain, Stewart. The Language Question under Napoleon: War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

McManners, John. The French Revolution and the Church. Harper & Row, 1970.

McPhee, Peter. Liberty or Death: The French RevolutionYale University Press, 2016. 

—. Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life. Yale University Press, 2012.

Meeks, Joshua. France, Britain, and the Struggle for the Revolutionary Western Mediterranean. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Merriman, John. History on the Margins: People and Places in the Emergence of Modern France. University of Nebraska Press, 2018.

Mikaberidze, Alexander. The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History. Oxford University Press, 2020.

Montoya, Alicia C. Medievalist Enlightenment: From Charles Perrault to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Series in Medievalism Volume II. D.S. Brewer, 2013.

Mustafa, Sam A. Napoleon’s Paper Kingdom: The Life and Death of the Kingdom of Westphalia 1807-1813. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Nicholls, Julia. Revolutionary Thought after the Paris Commune, 1871-1885. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Offen, Karen. The Woman Question in France, 1400-1870. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Orian, Arnaud. La politique du merveilleux: Une autre histoire du Système de Law (1695-1795). Fayard, 2018.

Osman, Julia. Citizen Soldiers and the Key to the Bastille. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Ozouf, Mona. Festivals and the French RevolutionHarvard University Press, 1988.

Padiyar, Satish, Philip Shaw, and Philippa Simpson, eds. Visual Culture and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Routledge, 2017.

Palmer, R. R. Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution. Princeton University Press, 1970.

Park, Sun-Young. Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary Paris. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018.

Payne, Reider. War and Diplomacy in the Napoleonic Era: Sir Charles Stewart, Castlereagh, and the Balance of Power in Europe. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Pichichero, Christy. The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture in the French Empire from Louis XIV to Napoleon. Cornell University Press, 2017.

Pitts, Vincent J. Embezzlement and High Treason in Louis XIV’s France: The Trial of Nicolas Fouquet. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.

Plassart, Anna. The Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Plongeron, Bernard. Conscience religieuse en révolution. Regards sur l’historiographie religieuse de la Révolution française.  A. et J. Picard, 1969.

Plumauzille, Clyde. Prostitution et révolution: Les femmes publiques dans la cité républicaine (1789-1804). Champ Vallon, 2016.

Popkin, Jeremy D. Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799. Duke University Press, 1990.

—. A Short History of the French Revolution. Pearson, 2009.

—. A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution. Basic Books, 2019.

Porter, Lindsay. Popular Rumour in Revolutionary Paris, 1792-1794. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Price, Roger. The Church and the State in France 1789-1870: ‘Fear of God is the Basis of Social Order.’ Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Reboul, Juliette. French Emigration to Great Britain in Response to the French Revolution. Palgrave Macmillian, 2017.

Reichardt, Rolf and Hans Lusebrinck, The Bastille: the History of a Symbol of Despotism and Freedom. Duke University Press, 1997.

Reinhardt, Steven G. Violence and Honor in Prerevolutionary Périgord. University of Rochester Press, 2018.

Reynolds, Siân. ed. Women, State, and Revolution: Essays on Power and Gender in Europe since 1789. University of Massachusetts Press, 1986.

Robert, Yann. Dramatic Justice: Trial by Theater in the Age of the French Revolution. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Roberts, Meghan K. Sentimental Savants: Philosophical Families in Enlightenment France. University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Roberts, Warren. Jacques-Louis David, Revolutionary Artist: Art, Politics, and the French Revolution. University of North Carolina Press, 1992.

Rudé, George, The Crowd in the French RevolutionOxford University Press, 1968.

Sahlins, Peter. Unnaturally French: Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After. Cornell University Press, 2004.

Schama, Simon. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution. Vintage, 1990.

Schechter, Ronald. Obstinate Hebrews: Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815University of California Press, 2003.

—. A Genealogy of Terror in Eighteenth-Century France. University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Scott, Joan. Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man. Harvard University Press, 1997. 

Scurr, Ruth. Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution. Metropolitan Books, 2006.

Sepinwall, Alyssa Goldstein. The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: the Making of Modern Universalism. University of California Press, 2005.

Sewall, William H.  Work and Revolution in France: The Language of Labor from the Old Regime to 1848. Cambridge University Press, 1980.

Shapiro, Gilbert, John Markoff, Timothy Tackett, and Philip Dawson. Revolutionary Demands: A Content Analysis of the Cahiers De Doléances of 1789. Stanford University Press, 1998.

Shusterman, Noah. Religion and the Politics of Time: Holidays in France from Louis XVI through NapoleonCatholic University of America, 2010.

Soboul, Albert. Paysans, sans culottes et Jacobins. Librairie Clavreuil, 1966.

Spang, Rebecca L. Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution. Harvard University Press, 2016. 

Steinberg, Ronen. The Afterlives of the Terror: Facing the Legacies of Mass Violence in Postrevolutionary France. Cornell University Press, 2019.

Sutherland, Donald. France 1789-1815: Revolution and Counter-Revolution. Oxford University Press, 1985.

Swann, Julian. Exile, Imprisonment, or Death: The Politics of Disgrace in Bourbon France, 1610-1789. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Tackett, Timothy. Becoming a Revolutionary: The Deputies of the French National Assembly and the Origins of a Revolutionary Culture. Princeton University Press, 1996. 

—. The Coming of the Terror in the French RevolutionCambridge University Press, 2015. 

—.  Religion, Revolution, and Regional Culture in Eighteenth-Century France: The Ecclesiastical Oath of 1791. Princeton University Press, 1986.

—. The West in France in 1789: The Religious Factor in the Origins of Counterrevolution.” Journal of Modern History 54 (1982): 715-45.

—. When the King Took Flight. Harvard University Press, 2003.

Tallett, France, and Nicholas Atkin. Religion, Society, and Politics in France Since 1789. Bloomsbury, 1991.

Taws, Richard. The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France. Penn State University Press, 2014.

Tilly, Charles. The Vendee. Harvard University Press, 1964.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. The Old Regime and the French Revolution. Doubleday, 1955.

Tozzi, Christopher J. Nationalizing France’s Army: Foreign, Black, and Jewish Troops in the French Military, 1715-1831. University of Virginia Press, 2016.

Triomphe, Pierre. 1815: La Terreur blanche. Privately Published, 2017.

Van Kley, Dale K. The Religious Origins of the French Revolution: From Calvin to the Civil Constitution, 1560-1791Yale University Press, 1996.

—. Reform Catholicism and the International Suppression of the Jesuits in Enlightenment Europe. Yale University Press, 2018.

Vause, Erika. In the Red and in the Black: Debt, Dishonor, and the Law between Revolutions. University of Virginia Press, 2018.

Vick, Brian E. The Congress of Vienna: Power and Politics after Napoleon. Harvard University Press, 2014.

Vila, Anne C. Suffering Scholars: Pathologies of the Intellectual in Enlightenment France. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Vovelle, Michel. The Revolution Against the Church: From Reason to the Supreme Being. Ohio State University Press, 1991.

Vovelle, Michelle, Timothy Tackett, and Elisabeth Tuttle. “Reflections on the Revisionist Interpretation of the French Revolution,French Historical Studies, vol. 16, No. 4 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 749-755.

Wahnich, Sophie. In Defence of the Terror: Liberty or Death in the French Revolution. foreword by Slavoj Žižek. Verso, 2015. 

Wallerstein, Immanuel, “The French Revolution as World Event” in Unthinking Social Science: The Limits of Nineteenth-Century Paradigms. Temple University Press, 2001, 7-22.

Walton, Charles. Policing Public Opinion in the French Revolution: The Culture of Calumny and the Problem of Free Speech. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Woloch, Isser. The New Regime: Transformations of the French Civic Order, 1789-1820s. W.W. Norton, 1994.

Zamoyski, Adam. Phantom Terror: Political Paranoia and the Creation of the Modern State, 1789-1848. Basic Books, 2015.

*The above list was compiled by the editors of Age of Revolutions with further assistance from Kristen Block and Joshua Meeks.*

**Think we should add a specific text to the above list? Send us a message in the comment section below.**

3 thoughts on “French Revolution

  1. This is a great bibliography for the French Revolution! I’d recommend three texts that aren’t included yet: Malcolm Crook’s ‘Elections in the French Revolution’; Richard Clay’s ‘Iconoclasm in Revolutionary Paris’; and Peter McPhee’s ‘Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life’.

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  2. Thank you for including my book! It is now available in French as well, thanks to the beautiful work of two former students: _Le Frankenstein français et la littérature de l’ère révolutionnaire_, trans. by Pierre André and Alexane Bébin, preface by Jean-Clément Martin (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2016).

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