Romanticism pp 261-271 | Cite as

Jules Michelet: Preface to Historical View of the French Revolution

  • John B. Halsted
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


Jules Michelet (1798–1874) regarded himself as one of “the people” he glorified. His History of France (1833–43; 1855–67) portrayed the development of the French people, most tellingly in his pictures of medieval France and his justly famous treatment of Joan of Arc. His Historical View of the French Revolution (1847–53), made the Revolution—personified or represented as the activity of the virtuous people—the focal moment of all French history. His history had a hero, the people itself. He had offered a separate study called The People, published in 1846, in praise of his hero.


French Revolution Historical View Religious Liberty French People French History 
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