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David AndressDavid Andress is Professor of Modern History at the University of Portsmouth, where he has taught since 1994. Born and raised in south west London, he studied History at the University of York between 1987 and 1990, and returned there for a doctorate, awarded in 1995.

He is an internationally-recognised expert on the French Revolution, and especially on the politics and culture of Paris during the upheavals of the 1790s. After writing several books focused directly on French events in these years he diversified his publishing interests and in 2008 produced 1789, his first work of international history which explored that that fateful year, not just in France, but in Britain and its global empire and in the nascent American Republic.

This was followed by The Savage Storm telling the story of Britain’s military defeat of Napoleonic France and the social and political struggles of the era and the conflicting ideas that emerged from it.

He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two daughters.


The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution
 brings together a sweeping range of expert and innovative contributions to offer engaging and thought-provoking insights into the history and historiography of this epochal event. Each chapter presents the foremost summations of academic thinking on key topics, along with stimulating and provocative interpretations and suggestions for future research directions.

Placing core dimensions of the history of the French Revolution in their transnational and global contexts, the contributors demonstrate that revolutionary times demand close analysis of sometimes tiny groups of key political actors - whether the king and his ministers or the besieged leaders of the Jacobin republic - and attention to the deeply local politics of both rural and urban populations. Identities of class, gender and ethnicity are interrogated, but so too are conceptions and practices linked to citizenship, community, order, security, and freedom: each in their way just as central to revolutionary experiences, and equally amenable to critical analysis and reflection.

This volume covers the structural and political contexts that build up to give new views on the classic question of the 'origins of revolution'; the different dimensions of personal and social experience that illuminate the political moment of 1789 itself; the goals and dilemmas of the period of constitutional monarchy; the processes of destabilisation and ongoing conflict that ended that experiment; the key issues surrounding the emergence and experience of 'terror'; and the short- and long-term legacies, for both good and ill, of the revolutionary trauma - for France, and for global politics.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Savage Storm - Britain on the Brink in the Age of Napoleon (Little, Brown, UK 2012); 1789: The Threshold of the Modern Age, (Little, Brown, UK 2008; Farrar, Straus & Giroux, USA 2009). The Terror: Civil War in the French Revolution, (Little, Brown, UK 2005. US edition, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006; translation rights sold in China, Greece, Portugal, Spain). The French Revolution and the People, (Hambledon & London, UK 2004). Massacre at the Champ de Mars: Popular Dissent and Political Culture in the French Revolution, (Boydell Press for the Royal Historical Society, UK 2000). French Society in Revolution, 1789-1799, (Manchester University Press, UK 1999).