Trade Paperback. There are dates in history which become symbols, loaded with meaning, Such is 1492 for Americans (Columbus 'discovered' America), 1066 for Britain, the Norman Conquest. 1789 is such a date for the French, and even for the world , for the French Revolution brought the dawn of liberty and equality, and is the point of transition between the Old Order and modern society. One of the purposes of this book is to explain why this transition took the form of revolution, even the 'invention' of revolution. The shock of 1789 spread throughout the world, so new was the idea that revolution could solve human problems. Palmer explores this whole idea of revolution and its effect. He delves deeply into the European world as a whole before 1789 to help understand the waves of revolution. In his concluding chapter full of challenge and value he touches on what he calls the inheritance of the French Revolution, and the various myths about it . He discusses both sides of every contention favored by warring schools of historians. 282 pages with index. 8 x 5.25 inches. Harper & Row, USA 1972.
History, Europe, France,