Title: marxist historians and the question of class in the french revolution created date: 20160802203906z. Marxist historians of the 1970s and 1980s moved towards cultural history, displayed 1 francois furet, interpreting the french revolution, trans elborg forster (cambridge: cambridge university press, 1981) throughout this article page numbers will refer to the english translation, published three years later. “the continuing controversy over the etiology and nature of the french revolution”canadian journal of history 16 (december 1981): 357–378 new historiographical information requires us to objectively appraise the traditional marxist interpretation of the etiology of the french revolution. The french revolution is an endless source of lessons for modern socialists and working class activists the present republication therefore requires no particular justification however, as the articles in question were written ten years ago, they contain several references to the contemporary scene which are perhaps not so relevant as they.
Marxist interpretations dominated the historiography of the french revolution for much of the 20th century to marxist historians, the tumult in france began as a bourgeois revolution it was driven by class struggle between the rising bourgeoisie and the aristocracy , and marked france’s transition from feudalism to capitalism.
Amariglio, jack and norton, bruce “marxist historians and the question of class in the french revolution” history and theory, vol 30, №1, (february, 1991): 37–55.
Belives that the enlightenment was the main cause of the french revolution marxist historians (albert solboul, george rude) the french revolution was a milestone in the pattern of history, it was inevitable, it was a bourgeois revolution - their ideology was the enlightenment. For much of this century the idea that the french revolution was a bourgeois revolution, driven by class conflict, which swept away the political structures of feudalism and cleared the way for the development of capitalism, was generally accepted.
Politics, culture, and class in the french revolution doyle, william (1988) origins of the french revolution oxford doyle, william (1989) the oxford history of the french revolution oxford furet, françois mona ozouf (1988) dictionnaire critique de la révolution française translated as a critical dictionary of the french revolution (1989.
The french revolution was a bourgeois revolution, and it would be entirely mistaken to attempt to draw exact parallels between the processes involved and the movement of the modern proletariat to attempt to do so would end up in all kinds of anachronistic and unscientific conclusions. The arguments of the revisionist school, which challenged the french marxist interpretation of the revolution as the replacement of the nobility by the bourgeoisie as the dominant class, are many and covering all major revisionist historians (cobban, taylor, doyle, etc) is futile in an essay of such length.