Becoming a Revolutionary: The Deputies of the French National Assembly and the Emergence of a Revolutionary Culture (1789-1790)

by Timothy Tackett

Becoming a Revolutionary (2014, Princeton University Press)

373 pages

English language

Published Jan 9th 2014 by Princeton University Press.

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2 star

(1 review)

Here Timothy Tackett tests some of the diverse explanations of the origins of the French Revolution by examining the psychological itineraries of the individuals who launched it--the deputies of the Estates General and the National Assembly. Based on a wide variety of sources, notably the letters and diaries of over a hundred deputies, the book assesses their collective biographies and …

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  • Enlightenment
  • France, history, revolution, 1789-1799, causes
  • Political culture
  • Legislators

capricious nerd / nerd teacher [books] reviewed Becoming a Revolutionary

It was hard not to fall asleep.

2 star

The readability of this book is... minimal. If you've ever wondered what an inventory (or a budget, a list of quotes, or a CV/resume) would look like if someone had turned it into a narrative, it would be this. It becomes cumbersome to even focus as you're told the individual wealth of each deputy, of their so-called qualifications, of their …