Citizens by Simon Schama

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution is a book by the historian Simon Schama. It was published in 1989, the bicentenary of the French Revolution, and like many other works in that year, was highly critical of its legacy. "The terror, declared Schama in the book, was merely 1789 with a higher body count; and 'violence ... was not just an unfortunate side effect ... it was the Revolution's source of collective energy. It was what made the Revolution revolutionary'." In short, "From the very beginning [...] violence was the motor of revolution." Schama considers that the French Revolutionary Wars were the logical corollary of the universalistic language of the Declaration of Rights, and of the universalistic principles of the Revolution which led to inevitable conflict with old-regime Europe.

The 258th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  2. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Citizens Vol. 1 Audio Cassette 17627900 $43.80 $43.97 1997
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution Paperback 39345 $15.00 $1.77 1990
Citizens - A Chronicle of the French Revolution Hardcover 3769482 $0.73
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (Library Edition) Audio CD 8253013 $114.66 2012
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (Two Volumes) Hardcover 4935034 $29.99
By Simon Schama - Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (12.2.1989) Paperback 852966 $26.69 $7.66 1989
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution Paperback 5442481 $0.97
CITIZENS Paperback 3680837 $22.56 $19.68
Citizens ~ a Chronicle of the French Revolution Hardcover 18441541 $7.50 1991
Citizens Hardcover 308943 $8.95 $0.01 1991
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution Paperback 4656464 $0.01 1996