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Festivals and the French Revolution

Mona Ozouf

Foreword by Lynn Hunt

Translated by Alan Sheridan

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ISBN 9780674298842

Publication Date: 10/01/1991


400 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

8 halftones


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One of the most brilliant books about the French Revolution written in recent years. In a dazzling analysis of revolutionary festivals, Mona Ozouf takes up the question of why revolutionaries of all stripes seemed so obsessed with public celebration… An unusually powerful and readable work of serious history.—Edward Berenson, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Brilliantly conceived, cogently argued and a pleasure to read…this volume…was recognized at once as a work to reckon with, and Alan Sheridan’s luminous translation now makes it available in English.—Eugen Weber, New York Times Book Review

Ozouf’s remarkable insights into the festivals and the revolution…offer fresh ways of understanding the immense effort the revolutionaries made both to destroy the ancien régime and to perpetuate an emerging secular, liberal order.—Charles Rearick, American Historical Review

One of the most magisterial and original contributions to the interpretation of the French Revolution to appear in this decade.—Carla Hesse, Eighteenth-Century Studies

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