The French Revolution

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-230  |  History, as HIST-230

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Faculty: Ellen R. Boucher 

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If you are having trouble getting started, see the "Reference" tab for an encyclopedia with excellent topic overviews and bibliographies. 

When searching the 5 Colleges Libraries Catalog, you might start with the following subject keywords and narrow down with more specific keywords:

  • France  History  Revolution  1789-1799
  • France  Politics and Government  1789-1799


    Fremont-Barnes, Gregory, ed. The Encyclopedia of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: A Political, Social, and Military History. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2006. AC Frost Reference DC220 .E53 2006


      Primary Sources

      Primary Sources Research Guide
      ncludes tips on finding primary sources in the 5 Colleges Catalog, along with additional strategies and resources.

      Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800) 
      Page images and full-text searching for more than 136,000 key English- and foreign-language titles printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, based on the English Short Title Catalogue.

      Franco-American Diplomacy 1778-1843 (Yale Law School: The Avalon Project, transcripts in English)

      French Revolution Digital Archive (primarily French, with a large image database)
      The French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) is a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. The archive is based around two main resources, the Archives parlementaires and a vast corpus of images first brought together in 1989 and known as the Images de la Revolution française.

      French Revolution Pamphlets (Ball State University, primarily in French)
      The French Revolution Pamphlets digital collection consists of pamphlets produced from 1779 to 1815. Often privately printed due to newspaper censure by the monarchy, the pamphlets were used to disseminate information and ideals concerning nationalism, citizenship, personal freedoms, and social injustice.

      French Revolution Pamphlets Initiative (The Newberry, primarily in French)
      Browse and search more than 35,000 pamphlets totaling approximately 850,000 pages from the Newberry's renowned collection of French Revolutionary materials

      Gallica is the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France and its partners. Online since 1997 and is updated each week to thousands of new and now offers access to more than 2 million documents.

      Hanover Historical Texts Collection - The French Revolution (transcripts translated into English) 

      Imaging the French Revolution (images)
      Imaging the French Revolution is an experiment in digital scholarship, including an archive of images, a collection of essays, and a discussion section.

      Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution (transcripts translated into English)
      Liberty, Equality, Fraternity provides an accessible and lively introduction to the French Revolution as well as an extraordinary archive of some of the most important documentary evidence from the Revolution, including 338 texts, 245 images, and a number of maps and songs.

      Making of the Modern World (1450-1914)
      Primary source materials (including broadsides and pamphlets, serials, and monographs) tracing British and US economic history from 1450-1914

      Revealing La Révolution (digital reproductions, primarily in French)
      Revealing La Révolution (the UMD French Pamphlet Project) is an effort to analyze and digitize a selected subset of the approximately 12,000 French pamphlets currently held by the UMD Libraries. Follow the link to the saved search under "Cataloged and Digitized Pamphlets" or look at the sub-collection of the Internet Archive