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The French Revolution: The Essential Readings
Excerpt from the book chapter: "In France, for roughly half a century, Marxist historians enjoyed a virtual monopoly over the academic historiography of the French Revolution. Beginning in 1928 the Sorbonne's prestigious chair in the History of the French Revolution was reserved for historians with a demonstrable commitment to socialism. The combination of a rigid hierarchy in French academia and a leftist orientation among French intellectuals more generally - -particularly during the quarter century after World War II, when the fabled anti-fascist record of communism provided it with moral authority - made it nearly impossible to challenge he reigning orthodoxy..."
Schechter, R. (2001). Conceptualizing the French Revolution: Problems and Methods. Ronald Schechter (Ed.), The French Revolution: The Essential Readings (pp. 1-30). Wiley-Blackwell. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/asbookchapters/147