David Andress

David Andress


David Andress is Professor of Modern History at the University of Portsmouth, where he has taught since 1994. He studied History at the University of York between 1987 and 1990, and returned there for a doctorate, awarded in 1995.

He is an internationally recognised authority on the French Revolution, and especially on the politics and culture of Paris during the upheavals of the 1790s. After writing several books focused directly on French events in these years, he diversified his publishing interests and in 2008...

David Andress

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The French Revolution by David Andress

In this miraculously compressed, incisive book, David Andress argues that it was the peasantry of France who made and defended the Revolution of 1789. That the peasant revolution benefited far more people, in more far reaching ways, than the revolution of lawyerly elites and urban radicals that has dominated our view of the revolutionary period. History has paid more attention to Robespierre, Danton, and Bonaparte than it has to the millions of French peasants who were the first to rise up in 1789, and the most ardent in defending changes in land ownership and political rights. "Those furthest from the centre rarely get their fair share of the light," Andress writes, and the peasants were patronized, reviled, and often persecuted by urban elites for not following their lead. Andress's book reveals a rural world of conscious, hard-working people and their struggles to defend their ways of life and improve the lives of their children and communities.

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    by David Andress

      The French Revolution
      Cultural Dementia
      The Savage Storm
      The Terror