French Revolution

Acton on the French Revolution

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Works by Lord Acton Subject Area: History Topic: French Revolution

Source: Acton's Lectures on Modern History, ed. John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence (London: Macmillan, 1906).

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Mackintosh and the French Revolution

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James Mackintosh Debate: The French Revolution

Source: Editor's Introduction to Mackintosh's Vindiciae Gallicae and Other Writings on the French Revolution, edited and with an Introduction by Donald Winch…

Paine and the French Revolution

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Thomas Paine Topic: French Revolution

Source: Editor's Introduction to The Writings of Thomas Paine, Collected and Edited by Moncure Daniel Conway (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1894). Vol. 3.

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Stael and the French Revolution

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Germaine de Staël Topic: The French Revolution

Source: Germaine de Staël, Considerations on the Principle Events of the French Revolution, newly revised translation of the 1818 English edition, edited, with an…

Sumner Maine on the French Revolution and the end of feudal property

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Sir Henry Sumner Maine Subject Area: Law

Source: CHAPTER IX.: THE DECAY OF FEUDAL PROPERTY IN FRANCE AND ENGLAND in Sir Henry Sumner Maine, Dissertations on Early Law and Custom, chiefly selected from Lectures…

Young’s Travels in France

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Arthur Young Subject Area: Economics Topic: Economic Travel Literature

Source: Arthur Young’s Travels in France during the Years 1787, 1788, 1789, ed. Miss Betham-Edwards (London: George Bell and Sons, 1909).

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