Francois Furet: Finding 'revolution' within the French Revolution

Betros, Gemma (1999) Francois Furet: Finding 'revolution' within the French Revolution. Access: History, 2 2: 53-64.

Author Betros, Gemma
Title Francois Furet: Finding 'revolution' within the French Revolution
Formatted title
Francois Furet: Finding ‘revolution’ within the French Revolution
Journal name Access: History
ISSN 1442-8911
Publication date 1999
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 53
End page 64
Total pages 12
Editor L. Brown
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher The History Department, in association with The History Graduates’ Association, The University of Queensland
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject C1
430108 History - European
780199 Other
Formatted abstract
Francois Furet’s writings on the French Revolution radically changed the way the Revolution is interpreted. His work represented an important break with the traditional historiography of the Revolution, earning him a place in the Academie Francaise in 1997, the year of his death. Beginning with Interpreting the French Revolution (translated from the French Penser la Révolution française) he questioned traditional, Marxist-based interpretations and instead sought out the political in an effort to provide a conceptualisation of the French Revolution. In doing this he examined the role of opinion, language and power in propelling the Revolution and drew attention to the importance of revolutionary discourse. Furet found models for this approach in the famous liberal Alexis de Tocqueville and a little-regarded Catholic historian, Augustin Cochin (1876-1916) both of whom he regarded as “the only historians who have proposed a rigorous conceptualisation of the French Revolution”. His later works, including La Revolution francaise and the Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution (co-edited with Mona Ozouf), fulfilled the promise of the seminal Interpreting the French Revolution and provided solid historical evidence for Furet’s broad conceptualisation.
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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