Introduction to Political and Legal Thinking: Revolution in France Resources


Reference Books in Folke Bernadotte Library
Historical Dictionary of the French Revolution 1789-1799, edited by Samuel F. Scott and Barry Rothaus.

GAC Bernadotte Library Reference, Main Floor. Call # DC147 .H57 1984

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, edited by Maryanne Cline Horowitz.

GAC Bernadotte Library Reference, Main Floor. Call # CB9 .N49 2005

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, edited by Alan Charles Kors.

GAC Bernadotte Library Reference, Main Floor. Call # B802 .E53 2002

Secondary Sources on reserve at Folke Bernadotte Library
David Andress, French Society in Revolution
William Doyle, The Oxford History of the French Revolution
William Doyle, Origins of the French Revolution
William Doyle, The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
Susan Dunn, The Deaths of Louis XVI: Regicide and French Political Imagination
Ference Feher, The French Revolution and the Birth of Modernity
Michael Fitzsimmons, The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4, 1789 and the French Revolution
Alan Forrest, Paris, the Provinces, and the French Revolution
Francois Furet, Interpreting the French Revolution
Francois Furet and Mona Ozouf, A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution
Lynn Hunt, Politics, Culture and Class in the French Revolution
Lynn Hunt and Jack Censer, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
Gary Kates, The French Revolution: Recent Debates and New Controversies
Michael Kennedy, The Jacobin Clubs in the French Revolution: The First Years
George Lefebvre, The Coming of the French Revolution
Stanley Loomis, The Fatal Friendship: Marie Antoinette, Count Fersen, and the Flight to Varennes
Joan McDonald, Rousseau and the French Revolution
John McManners, The French Revolution and the Church
Peter McPhee, The French Revolution
George Rude, The Crowd in the French Revolution
Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Albert Soboul, The Sans-Culottes
Albert Soboul, Understanding the French Revolution
Timothy Tackett, Becoming a Revolutionary: The Deputies of the French National Assembly and the Emergence of a Revolutionary Political Culture
Timothy Tackett, When the King Took Flight
Michel Vovelle, The Fall of the French Monarchy
Leigh Ann Whaley, Radicals: Politics and Republicanism in the French Revolution

French Revolution Online Resources

Primary Texts
Exploring the French Revolution: Texts

A lengthy list of documents (personal memoirs, official reports, newspaper articles, treatises, eyewitness accounts) from the time of the French Revolution.

The Debate About the French Revolution at the Online Library of Liberty

A collection of documents, some listed individually below, from contemporary thinkers debating the wisdom and effects of the French Revolution.

Jean Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Arts and Sciences (1751).

Jean Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality Among Men (1755).

Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract (1762).

Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes, "What is the Third Estate?" (1789).

Richard Price, "A Discourse on the Love of Our Country" (1789).

The sermon that enraged Burke and led him to write Reflections on the Revolution in France.)

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).

Catharine Macaulay, Observations on the Reflections of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, On the Revolution in France (1790).

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790).

A response to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Mary Wollstonecraft, An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution and the Effect it Has Produced in Europe

Olympe de Gouges, "Declaration of the Rights of Woman" (1791).

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1792).

Includes a direct response to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Additional Resources (in English)
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

The companion site to Lynn Hunt and Jack Censer's book of the same name, this site includes essays, images, primary source documents, songs, maps, a timeline, and a glossary. This should be your first stop for French Revolution-related materials.

A Chronology of the French Revolution

Pretty much what it sounds like.

British Newspaper Coverage of the French Revolution

A small archive of British newspaper coverage of some crucial events of the French Revolution.

Additional Resources (in French)
La Revolution francaise de Danton a Robespierre

More than the title suggests, includes songs, images, texts.

Livre des sources medievales

Contains considerable material on the Ancien Regime and the Revolution.

Historical Figures of the French Revolution

Due to the rapidly changing events and loyalties, many of the figures listed below can fit into more than one faction (Marat, Lameth, Duport).

King Louis XVI
La Fayette

  • Maximilien de Robespierre
  • Jacques-Louis David
  • Jean-Paul Marat
  • Louis Antoine Léon de Saint-Just
  • Marie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles
  • Jacques Pierre Brissot
  • Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud
  • Camille Desmoulins

  • Feuillants
  • Antoine Barnave
  • Jean Sylvain Bailly
  • Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès
  • Paul-Henri Marron
  • Hugues-Bernard Maret
  • Bernard Journu-Auber
  • Bernard Germain de Lacépède
  • Vincent-Marie Viénot de Vaublanc
  • Louis Ramond de Carbonnières
  • Alexandre de Lameth
  • Adrien Duport
  • Jacques Pierre Brissot
  • Manon Roland

  • Clergy
  • François de Montesquiou-Fezensac
  • Joseph-Marie Gros
  • Jean-Baptiste Dumouchel
  • Sixte-Louis-Constant Ruffo de Bonneval
  • Francois-Xavier Veytard
  • Jean-Siffrien Maury
  • Jean-Francois Thirial
  • Francois-Joseph de la Rouchefoucauld-Bayers

  • Nobility
  • Louis-Alexandre, duc de La Rochefoucauld d'Enville
  • Stanislas-Marie-Adelaide, comte Clermont-Tonnerre
  • Trophime-Gerard, comte de Lally-Tolendal
  • Charles-Marie-Gaston-Philibert, comte de Levis-Mirepoix
  • Anne-Pierre, marquis de Montesquiou-Fezensac
  • Adrien Duport
  • Jean-Honoré Fragonard
  • Élisabeth Vig é e-Lebrun
  • Mathieu-Jean-Felicite, comte de Montmorency-Laval
  • Philippe-Egalite

  • Crowd: Female
  • Olympe de Gouges
  • Charlotte Corday
  • Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
  • Theroigne de Mericourt
  • Etta Palm D'Aelders
  • Claire Lacombe
  • Pauline Leon

  • Crowd: Male
  • Georges Jacques Danton
  • Louis Antoine Léon de Saint-Just
  • François Joseph Westermann
  • Jean-Paul Marat
  • Nicolas Chamfort

  • Philosophes
  • Denis Diderot
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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    The website of l'Assemblee Nationale features a list of its members.

    Students with indeterminate roles are allowed to create fictional characters based on their role. For example, an "indeterminate" member who is a lawyer from Dijon, for example, should take on board the likely perspectives and concerns of the character in question.