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The Great French Revolution 1789-1793

by N F Dryhurst

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Written by one of the founders of anarchism, this very readable history examines the revolution from the point of view of the average person. As such, the various machinations of the political bodies take second place to economic changes. Kropotkin sees the major conflict of the period as being between the emerging bourgeoisie, who undermine the revolution by upholding property rights, and "the people," who drive the revolution to destroy feudalism and return collectively owned land taken from them during the reigns of Louis XIV & Louis XV.

Kropotkin sensed that revolution was coming to Russia (and, he thought, Germany and Austria) and he looks to the French Revolution to understand the threats and interests that could derail the more radical goals. Not surprisingly, it comes down to middle class greed wearing down revolutionary fervor. But, he ends on an optimistic note claiming that the course of revolution is not linear and that many of the more obscene injustices of 1789 were destroyed forever, in ways that never could have been achieved by mere reform. ( )
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