The most authoritative social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution, and one of the great landmarks of modern history publishing. "The terror," declared Schama in the book, "was merely 1789 with a higher body count; violence ... was not just an unfortunate side effect ... it was the Revolution's source of collective energy.It was what made the Revolution revolutionary." Citizens : a chronicle of the French Revolution Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. ... Citizens : a chronicle of the French Revolution by Schama, Simon. $29.95. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution is a book by the historian Simon Schama, published in 1989, the bicentenary of the French Revolution. It is monumental. Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989) In the 1780s, the highest reaches of French society, as well as the broader reading public, was infatuated with the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Recumbent readers beware. French Revolution Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution Instead of the dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital and inventive, infatuated with novelty and technology--a strikingly fresh view of Louis XVI's France. Schama, Simon, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1989 THE FOURTEENTH OF JULY, 1789 Bernard-Rene de Launay had been born in the Bastille, where his father had been governor, and he would die on the evening of the fourteenth of … Illustrated. It is an unapologetic narrative history and it organizes its complex story with a skill that should It might be the case that any work of history with literary merit tells us as … Those who like to do their poring lying down will scarcely rush to take up this book. And Simon Schamas history of the French Revolution, Citizens, has literary merit. I am no expert on the subject but I have read a few books on the French Revolution including "The Oxford history of the French Revolution" and "Twelve who Ruled". In "Citizens", he isn't shy about asserting his own interpretation of the events before and during the Revolution. 948 pp. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution Simon Schama Instead of the dying Old Regime, Schama presents an ebullient country, vital and inventive, infatuated with novelty and technology--a strikingly fresh view of Louis XVI's France. This sort of sensationalism The presentation of stories in a way that is intended to provoke public interest or excitement, at the expense of accuracy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. CITIZENS A Chronicle of the French Revolution. Publication date 1989 Topics Franse Revolutie Publisher New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House Collection By Simon Schama. Like most subject matter experts, Schama has developed strong opinions on the subject. Citizens is a very well written history of the French Revolution covering a massive amount of events, details and personalities with a good deal of background to boot. Reading "Citizens" made it obvious to me that the author is a subject matter expert on the French Revolution.