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This is an auction for CITIZENS: A CHRONICLE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, by Simon Schama.

"A brilliantly readable and beautifully illustrated account."
- Washington Post Book World

"A sprawling, provocative, sometimes infuriating chronicle that stands much conventional wisdom on its head."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"This book blends gritty details about everyday life with an old-fashioned, dramatic narrative form. Among other things, Schama argues that the Old Regime fell not because it was stagnant but because it was moving too fast. Unlike Marxists and "new historians," Schama stresses the importance of individual events and people. He detects the emergence of a patriotic culture of citizenship in the decades preceding 1789 and explains how citizenship came to be a public expression of an idealized family during the Revolution. Schama's book will please scholars and a wide general readership."
- Library Journal (US)

"This book should be on every library shelf. It explains the self-destructive, bloody orgy that occurred in France but not in England or Prussia, countries in similar states of poverty and with similarly deprived, disenfranchised populaces. Schama theorizes that the cause of France's revolution lies in the self-deception of the ruling intelligentsia, who believed that they could make a Utopian France by allowing controlled violence, murder, and the destruction of property in the name of liberty, and all to exist simultaneously with good government."
- School Library Journal (US)

"One of The Best Books Of The Decade." -- Time

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 1989.

948 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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