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By Michael J. LaMonica

Illustrations By Tom Motley

ISBN-13: 978-1-934389-91-1
Price: US $15.95
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934389-92-8
eBook Price: US $15.95
November 11, 2014


B/W Illustrations

Allons enfant de la Patrie, le jour de gloire arrivé! “Arise children of the Fatherland, the day of glory has arrived!” These opening lines to La Marseillaise, France’s famously stirring and evocative national anthem, capture perfectly the passion, fear, and frenetic energy of Republicanism’s sanguinary birth on French soil. Through the violence of the Revolutions the reign of the Bourbon monarchy came to an end and modern France was born. French Revolutions For Beginners examines the several bloody revolutions and counter-revolutions throughout the course of the 19th century and the constant upheavals and disruptions in France’s ever changing political landscape from 1789-1900.

While most people have some familiarity with names like Louis XVI and Napoleon, the details of what exactly happened during the French Revolution – apart from pithy royal pronouncements about cake eating and the ever-falling blade of the guillotine – are often difficult to understand, and for good reason: there were a whopping 15 changes of government in less than a century! The legacy of the French Revolutions remain with us today; we see it all over the world when an oppressed people rise up against an authoritarian regime demanding their rights as citizens be recognized.

French Revolutions For Beginners will present the major political figures, events and hot-button political issues of this extremely violent, chaotic, confusing – but always exciting – period in a way that is accessible, interesting, and fun to both history-buffs and the neophyte alike. 


Mike LaMonica is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington where he earned a B.A. in History and was inducted into the National History Honor Society. He subsequently attended Quinnipiac University School of Law where he obtained his J.D. and acted as an editor for the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. He currently practices law full-time at the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office and is a part-time professor of English at Quinnipiac University.


T. Motley's previous illustrated books include The Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius (David R Godine) & The One Marvelous Thing (Dalkey Archive Press). His Tragic Strip appears monthly in The Brooklyn Rail.  He's a core contributor to the indie anthology Cartozia Tales.  He teaches cartooning at the School of Visual Arts and illustration at Pratt Manhattan. 

French Revolution Introduction 

A quick overview of the French Revolution.

Encyclopedia Britannica:
Overview of the French Revolution 1787-1799 

Enclyclopedia article on the French Revolution

10 Major Events of the French Revolution

"The French Revolution was a major event in modern European history. The causes of the French Revolution were many: the monarchy's severe debt problems, high taxes, poor harvests, and the influence of new political ideas and the American Revolution, to mention only a few."

Bastille Day:
French Revolution biographies 

Biographies of the famous players in the French Revolution. Pictures

Pictures from the French Revolution.

The French Revolution: Right or Wrong?

A New York Times article from 1988 on the French Revolution.







• Historians debate the real end date of the French Revolution citing the years 1789, 1795, 1799, 1802, and 1804 as possibilities.

• The French revolution ended the age of absolute monarchy; however, it began the Reign of Terror.

• The American Revolution can be credited as a major cause of the French revolution because it led to a large French debt due to their involvement.



The French Revolution: Crash Course World History #29


The French Revolution for Dummies: World History Review


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