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HIST 228: The French Revolution (HC): Background Information

History 228: The French Revolution (Graham)Spring 2018

The Revolution Triumphant

  Jean-Jacques Taillasson, Liberty bringing back Justice and Virtue to the people,  circa 1794-95, Musée de la Révolution française.  Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Finding Background Information

The following sources provide overviews of ideas, people, and events in the history of the French Revolution.  They are a quick way to find out the basic facts and current points of debate.

When using an article in an encyclopedia or handbook, always check the bibliography for further reading at the end of the article. It will provide a selective list of the books, articles, and, frequently, Web resources considered to be the most up-to-date and reliable.


Recommended Reading:

Professor Graham recommends the primary and secondary texts on this guide that deal with many different issues relating to the French Revolution.

For primary sources see also these major websites that present primary texts and visual images:

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Subject Guide

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Web Sites


Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are a particularly useful resource when doing research.  They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars.  They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles for greater understanding.