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A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution Hardcover – 11 February 2020

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"Sweeping in coverage, A New World Begins offers a fresh and richly detailed account of French revolutionary politics. Jeremy Popkin is an outstanding scholar of the French and Haitian Revolutions, and his deep layers of expertise shine through the pages of this book. This thought-provoking account will push readers to reflect deeply on the contradictions and complexities of modern democracy."--Suzanne Desan, professor of history, University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France

"A fresh, welcome new interpretation of the French Revolution."--Kirkus

"Based on nearly half a century of research and teaching, Jeremy Popkin's new study of the French Revolution brilliantly brings alive the complex goals and emotions of the men and women and people of color struggling to create a new world. It is especially effective in exploring what that struggle meant, both for the generation of Revolutionaries and for our own day. A New World Begins is an outstanding synthesis that is sure to stand as basic reading on the subject for many years to come."--Timothy Tackett, professor emeritus of history, UC Irvine and author of Becoming a Revolutionary

"Jeremy Popkin is one of the most eminent scholars working on the French Revolution, and his A New World Begins provides us with the best, fullest and most up-to-date history of the Revolutionary decade from 1789 through to the advent of Napoleon. Writing with an insight that distils a lifetime's study, Popkin is particularly alert to the range of experience of those who lived through the Revolutionary years. There is heart and compassion here as well as wit and intelligence: Popkin does not flinch from recounting the Revolution's more sombre legacies, but can still elicit in his readers a bitter-sweet sense of excitement about a moment in western history when, indeed, a new epoch in the history of humanity seemed to be blossoming."--Colin Jones, author of The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon 1715-99

"This is a book that has been needed for a long time: a lucid, engaging, authoritative, accurate, and up-to-date history of the French Revolution. Jeremy Popkin is one of the great living experts on the subject, and he has drawn on a half-century of study to produce this first-rate work. Particularly impressive is the way he integrates the history of the Haitian Revolution into that of the French Revolution. A New World Begins will appeal to experts, students, and general readers alike."--David A. Bell, professor of history, Princeton University and author of Men on Horseback: Charisma and Power in the Age of Revolutions

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From an award-winning historian, a magisterial account of the revolution that created the modern world

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Eric Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars A history for our times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oui, a Masterpiece of French Revolutionary History!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flat, almost dull history of the French Revolution
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5.0 out of 5 stars an important contribution to the history of the French Revolution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb survey of a turbulent time
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