Book Reflection: the Days of the French Revolution

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DIOCESAN BOYS’ SCHOOL IB HISTORY

The Days of the French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert
Fung Kei Lap Michael 11L 11/13/2012 Bibliography:
Hibbert, Christopher. The Days of the French Revolution. New York: HarperCollins, 2002. Auntieruth. “Alive with Colorful Characters.” Review of The Days of the French Revolution, by Christopher Hibbert. Epinions, asdJanuary 29, 2008. asdhttp://www.epinions.com/review/The_Days_of_the_French_Revolution_by_Christopher_Hibbert/content_416395071108 Goodreads Inc. “The Days of the French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists.”Accessed asdNovermber 12, 2012. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144189.The_Days_of_the_French_Revolution Wilschke, Nancy. “The Days of the French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert.” Review of The Days of the French Revolution, by asdfChristopher Hibbert. Vellum, April 6, 2008. http://vellum-nancy.blogspot.hk/2008/04/days-of-french-revolution-by.html Faria, Miguel A. Jr. “A lucid narrative of the French Revolution.” Review of The Days of the French Revolution, by Christopher asdfHibbert. Amazon, March 27, 2001, Customer Reviews. http://www.amazon.com/Days-French-Revolution-ChristopherasdfHibbert/product-reviews/0688169783/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_2?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&pageNumber=2 C., Brian. “Depends on what you are looking for…” Review of The Days of the French Revolution, by Christopher Hibbert. asdfAmazon, August 20, 2010, Customer Reviews. http://www.amazon.com/Days-French-Revolution-Christopher-Hibbert/productasdfreviews/0688169783/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_link_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0

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ORIGIN, PURPOSE, VALUE, LIMITAION
The book The Days of the French Revolution was written as a historiography by British historian Christopher Hibbert in 1980. It was published in 1999 by Harper Collins 1. The purpose of this book is to give a detail recount of the events happened during the French Revolution from 1789 to 1795, as well as its causes and the consequences it brought aftermath. The book does not condone actions of both the revolutionaries and the monarchy. Hence the most prominent value of this book is its outstanding objectivity which allows historians to get access to knowledge of the revolution in different perspectives. The second most prominent value is the greatly vivified content which lessens the overall boredom of the book. The writer inputs many refreshing literary elements such as dialogues of the French revolutionaries as well as descriptions of their character. Photos are also weaved into the middle part of the book in order to give a more interesting portrayal of the French Revolution. However, there are limitations in the book as well. Even though Hibbert’s writing skills are brilliant, it is nevertheless exhausting to finish the book because within the three-hundredsomething pages, Hibbert repeatedly uses the same way to illustrate the events of the revolution. Another limitation is the accuracy of translation from French to English. In order to make the French Revolution more comprehensible to English speakers or readers, the historian must translate anything related to the French Revolution from French to English. However, as different languages have different grammars and vocabularies, hence there is always a concern about the accuracy of translation. This will certainly affect the validity of the judgments made by other historians who took this book for reference. Last but not least, although the book covers a wide range of timeline, it did not manage to mention some of the events which happened during 1

Christopher Hibbert, The Days of the French Revolution (New York: Harper Perennial, 2002), 1

the French Revolution and are worth noticing. Moreover, the genre (historiography) of the book limits the space for providing hindsight, thus decreases the availability for historians to study the analysis, judgments, conclusions and evaluations made in the past.

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