This anthology is organized around conflicting interpretations of eleven of the most important issues and events of the French Revolution. The editors have included interpretations by noted contemporary and earlier historians, and no one view or school of revolutionary studies is stressed. For the
fifth edition, the chronological summary, the biographical profiles of historians, and the introduction to the problems have been extensively revised, and the book has been enlarged by the addition of chapters on women during the Revolution and on the Revolutionary legacy. Selections by T. C. W. Blanning, William Doyle, François Furet, Olwen H. Hufton, Gary Kates, Darline Gay Levy with Hariet Branson Applewhite, Laura Mason, Timothy N. Tackett, and David Gordon Wright have been added as well
as the text in French and an English translation of the "Marseillaise."