Lefebvre, Georges (1874–1959)
Lefebvre was one of the most prolific and influential French historians of the first half of the 20th century. This is especially striking since he published his first book at the age of fifty. His name has become almost interchangeable with the history of the French Revolution. Lefebvre’s work falls into two broad categories: in-depth studies of the French peasantry based on exhaustive archival research, and three massive synthetic works on the French Revolution and Napoleon which have been unsurpassed in their thoroughness and objectivity.