A superb one volume account of the French Revolution. Doyle starts with a description of the France of Louis XVI, a disorganised and financially chaotic country that nevertheless still dominated European culture.
From there, he moves on to a detailed account of the crisis that eventually lead to revolution in 1789, and the various forms of government that were attempted over the next decade, before finishing with the coup that brought Napoleon Bonaparte to power, ending the revolutionary years.
A great strength of this book is that is places the Revolution in its European context, so between the sections on the developments in France, there are chapters on the European reaction, the wars that spread the revolution around Europe, and the occupation of large parts of Europe.
An excellent book that provides a clear, complete and detailed account of the causes, events and impact of the French Revolution.
Author: William Doyle
Publisher: Oxford University Press