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More French Revolution for Year 12 and 13 Historians

More French Revolution for Year 12 and 13 Historians

Professor William Doyle, author of the Oxford History of the French Revolution  and the Very Short Introduction to the French Revolution came to Cheney to talk to Year Twelve and Thirteen historians on Friday 20 April.  Professor Doyle argued that the ideas of the Enlightenment had their greatest impact once the royal government had collapsed, making radical change possible.  However, they were not in themselves the cause of the revolution, except in the sense that the royal government had been trying, often unsuccessfully, to carry out enlightened reforms of its own - which were very unpopular.  Professor Doyle gave us a fascinating alternative perspective on the revolution - we really enjoyed his talk.  

Mr Gimson, Teacher of History