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A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution

From an award-winning historian, a “vivid” (Wall Street Journal) account of the revolution that created the modern world.

The French Revolution’s principles of liberty and equality still shape our ideas of a just society --- even if, after more than 200 years, their meaning is more contested than ever before. In A NEW WORLD BEGINS, Jeremy D. Popkin offers a riveting account of the revolution that puts the reader in the thick of the debates and the violence that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a new society. We meet Mirabeau, Robespierre and Danton in all their brilliance and vengefulness; we witness the failed escape and execution of Louis XVI; we see women demanding equal rights and Black slaves wresting freedom from revolutionaries who hesitated to act on their own principles; and we follow the rise of Napoleon out of the ashes of the Reign of Terror.

Based on decades of scholarship, A NEW WORLD BEGINS will stand as the definitive treatment of the French Revolution.

A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution
by Jeremy D. Popkin

  • Publication Date: October 26, 2021
  • Genres: History, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN-10: 1541620178
  • ISBN-13: 9781541620179