Work of the Fellows: Monographs

A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution

Popkin, Jeremy D. (Fellow, 2000–01; Fellow, 2012–13)

New York: Basic Books, 1970

From the publisher's description:

The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society—even if, after more than two hundred years, they are 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 of 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.


Subjects: History; Political Science; Early Modern Period; French History; French Revolution; Political History; Social History;