A Poignant Bit of French History

The best aspect of Popkin’s book is that the author gives a historical account and analysis of the social, political, cultural and economic conditions and events that led up to the 1789 uprising. Such account and analysis of the prelude to the upheaval is paramount to understanding the complex background causes as to why the French people’s revolution was inevitable. Popkin’s description of the influence that some renowned 18th century thinkers like Voltaire, Montesquieu and Jean-Jacques Rousseau had on the revolutionaries is illuminating. His account of the bloody aftermath, in which the revolutionaries turned on one another for a variety of reasons, is equally engaging and insightful.

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