A short introductory history of the French Revolution which covers the social, economic and cultural, as well as intellectual and political aspects. Taking this broad approach to the subject, Gwynne Lewis presents an interpretive essay which reviews recent debates and re-assesses the nature and impact of the Revolution. The author illustrates not only the variety of historical interpretations but also the range of different contexts in which the Revolution has been set. Six thematic chapters highlight the importance of analysis and interpretation in the study of a historical event, and the conclusion evaluates early orthodox and recent revisionist approaches to provide students with an intelligible resume of the Revolution and its historians.
First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
This is a short introduction to the French Revolution which covers social, economical and cultural aspects, as well as examining more recent intellectual and political analyses. Taking a broad approach, the author presents a serious interpretive essay, reviewing recent debates and reassessing the nature and impact of the events of 1798. The variety of historical interpretations, as well as the range of contexts in which the Revolution has been set are reviewed. The events and their interpretations are presented, with the conclusion explicating various 'orthodox' and more recent 'revisionist' approaches, providing readers with an intelligent resume to the Revolution and its historians.
What were they thinking? The Vatican Museum is stocked with nudes, demons, and warriors. The Curators brought strange statues from foreign lands while their own biblical heroes took a back seat...............A parade of penises? A bounty of breasts? Strange tastes and cultural dead-ends fill a great deal of the show palace of Catholicism, but this is also a treasure trove dripping with fabulous wealth. What can it mean?Did the nudity, violence, and monsters pile up in the Vatican Museum just by chance? Did Jesus and Mary get left out just by luck? Was the ingenious science of Galileo and da Vinci just forgotten?Joseph of Jerusalem brings a jaundiced eye to the hidden under-currents built up by centuries of Vatican Museum curators in this extraordinary tour through the palace of the popes.................So what's new here? Vatican Museum Oddities takes a more direct approach, for example, than Bill Maher did in Religulous. Instead of interviewing the faithful, Oddities drills into the statues to see what they are made of. Where Religulous puts the religious on the spot, Oddities puts the Museum under the micro-scope. Bill Maher went to the street, but Joseph went to the Vatican. Oddities brings the incisive approach of arch-atheist Christopher Hitchens, but makes light work of religion and science by using satirical humor.In Oddities, Joseph of Jerusalem uses a finely honed sense of logic to de-code the mysteries behind the art of the popes. But this is no dry academic essay on museum studies. It weaves a thread of comedy into the ancient arts, keeping the pace as light as the marble is cool................Is god's bare bum really up there on the chapel ceiling? The debate rages on, but Joseph cuts through the stuffy air to see if Michelangelo duped the popes. (Try to say "pope dupe" 3 times fast.) His digital camera undergoes a mysterious malfunction in the process...........Oddities is no mere juvenile comedy, though. It probes the religious symbolism within the Vatican collections, taking a sober view of the Egyptian demi-gods and the sea of satyrs that have crowded out Jesus and Mary. Has the church connected the dots between Medusa, Jesus, and the Greeks? Did centuries of popes approve?Most critically, Oddities studies the signals being sent by dozens of Vatican Museum curators as they built their lavish collections. Since the 16th century, weird dark patterns have emerged and taken hold, sometimes to chilling effect. Be-headings, half-man gods, and frolicking animals run rampant, while the Italian genius of da Vinci and Galileo are shunned.This is remarkable art, but someone has some explaining to do. Vatican Museum Oddities starts the inquiry.44 full color photos capture the surreal Vatican experience............Who is Joseph, and why should you believe him? Just 2 simple facts... Joseph was born in Jerusalem's Christian Quarter. He was then baptized at theChapel of the Pontifical Institute of Notre Dame. Awesome roots, awesome connections.
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Young Adult Audience
Table Of Content
Section I 1. Capitalism, Colonies, and the Crisis of the ancien regime 2. The Birth of the Republic, 1787-1792 3. War, Revolution, and the Rise of the Nation-state, 1792-1798 Section II 4. The Political Economy of the Revolution 5. Social Interpretations of the Revolution 6. Revolutionary Culture: the Creation of 'l'Homme Nouveau' Conclusion
'Lewis introduces the reader to recent debates and his book will be a valuable addition to the extensive literature on the subject.' ' Teaching History 'Gwynne Lewis provides the first short introductory history of the French Revolution to relate the social, cultural and economic to the intellectual and political.' ' France in Print 'Sharp judgements and a racy style make this as concise and approachable an introduction to a complex topic as any student could desire' ' William Doyle, University of Bristol