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Media: Microfiche
Format: Print guides for each section with an introduction in both French and English; Index covering every source reproduced in microfiche
Coverage Dates: 1787-1799
Sources Covered: Approximately 1,145,000 pages of material in the entire collection

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Published in cooperation with the Bibliothèque Nationale, this exhaustive microfiche archive is the first and only source to:

  • Combine thousands of rare documents and present them in permanent archival form
  • Deliver 1,145,000 pages of sources from libraries, archives, and private collections around the world
  • Index every document and image with multiple access points
  • Cover the Revolution from every angle of interest, greatly enhancing the potential for new scholarly contributions

Among the materials included are newspapers, memoirs, anthologies, bibliographies, pamphlets, posters, essays, books, plays, theater programs, financial statements, and church documents. They're organized in two main categories:

  • Common Core Sections

-Newspapers. The early Revolution saw an explosion in periodical and ephemeral newspapers.The 100,000 original pages reproduced here represent the full range of papers active during the 1790s.

- Memoirs and Histories. These 167 eyewitness accounts provide invaluable perspectives. The great Berville and Barrière edition of memoirs forms the heart of the section, with many more esoteric writings.

-Basic Printed Collections. 9th- and 20th-century anthologies of primary sources.

-Bibliographical and Research Tools. Some 20,000 pages of otherwise hard-to-find catalogs, inventories, and bibliographies.

  • Thematic Sections

-Pre-Revolutionary Debate. Monographs, pamphlets, and other ephemeral materials.

-Political Themes. Political activism, the response of local authorities, works by major political thinkers; from Paris and the provinces

-Resistance to the Revolution, with materials from archives in the provinces reflecting anti-revolutionary sentiment among property owners and the poor.

-Religion. Approximately 1,900 items reflecting the central role of religion in the Revolution—the sale of church lands, the role of the church under the Directory, the emancipation of Jews and Protestants, and more.

-The Reorganization of Society. The abolition of corporate society and feudalism, the countryside, towns and townspeople, women and the family, and public assistance.

-The Economy. The attempt to impose revolutionary ideals on trade, finance, agriculture, industry, and technology, and the results - quantitative and qualitative.

-War and the Colonies - The structure of the Revolutionary army and navy and the collapse of French colonies overseas.

-Culture - Revolutionary expression in music, theater, poetry, poetry, fiction, calendar dates, festivals, monuments, costume, fashion, images, symbols, and allegories; plus resistance to change and the survival of traditional forms.

The guides for each section include an introduction translated into both French and English.

Easy access

The Thematic Sections provide cross-referencing to Common Core materials so researchers can easily find all materials on topics of interest. In addition, an analytical index covers every source reproduced, with conceptual and thematic entries as well as names, places, events, titles, authors, and other conventional listings.

Introductory essays add scholarly value

Each Thematic Section opens with an original introduction by the scholar who edited it. These essays provide background on the theme, outline the types of materials selected to cover it, and highlight the documents most vital to research.

The French Revolution Research Collection will be of special interest to owners of UMI collections such as French Political Pamphlets (1560 - 1653) or our other Bibliotèque Nationale series, including Catalogue de la Troisieme Republique 1870 - 1940.

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