The French Revolution discusses one of the most tumultuous upheavals to established government in the last thousand years. It opens with an overview and then explores a range of different causes. It provides a detailed description of each of the six different governments from 1789 to 1815. Prominent themes are presented. It closes with a refl ection on the enduring effects of the Revolution and a timeline of the major events. The Best One-Hour History series is for those who want a quick but coherent overview of major historical events. It will also serve those who need a competent high-level introduction before going further. Each volume provides a clear and concise account of the episode under discussion. In about an hour, the reader will obtain a well-grounded understanding of why each subject holds iconic status in Western Civilization.