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The Perfidy of Albion

French Perceptions of England during the French Revolution

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Norman Hampson
    Pages 1-18
  3. Norman Hampson
    Pages 19-41
  4. Norman Hampson
    Pages 42-60
  5. Norman Hampson
    Pages 61-77
  6. Norman Hampson
    Pages 78-102
  7. Norman Hampson
    Pages 103-119
  8. Norman Hampson
    Pages 120-144
  9. Norman Hampson
    Pages 145-166
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 167-181

About this book


Hampson describes how the French Revolution, which seemed to promise an era of Franco-British partnership, led to an even more bitter estrangement between the two nations. Both the British and French peoples saw the revolution of 1789 as offering the prospect of a new Franco-British partnership. These hopes soon foundered on old suspicions and new ideological divergences. The result was to confirm the traditional perception of each nation's own identity, centred on the state in France and the people in Great Britain.


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About the authors

NORMAN HAMPSON was born in 1922. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and University College, Oxford. During the war he served for two years with the Free French navy. He subsequently taught history at the universities of Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and York and has published numerous books on the Enlightenment and the French Revolutions.

Bibliographic information


'The genius of Norman Hampson lies in his ability to ask simple though difficult questions and to present his answers in an accessible style and manner...This fine study is...not only of great value to close students of the late eighteenth century but it provides a valuable perspective for those wishing to understand present-day suspicions and misunderstandings.' - Martin Fitzpatrick, University of Wales, Aberystwyth