Davidson refutes ‘pyramid of severed heads’ view of the French revolution



The French Revolution
by Ian Davidson
(Profile Books, £25)
“TO THE average Englishman, the French revolution means no more than a pyramid of severed heads,” George Orwell wrote in 1940.
Yet, since then, that great tsunami event which has shaped modern history has received much revisionist attention.
The question arises as to whether there is space for yet another book on the subject.
Ian Davidson maintains that whereas “many historians have felt obliged to take sides” — over the rights of man versus the guillotine — he has taken a more neutral position.
But historical commentary, even in... read more

 
10 October 2016 in Sport, Views: 30
Source: Morning Star
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