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Reflections On The Revolution In France Summary

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Reflections on the revolution in France
Analysis
Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France is a famous treatise on the French
Revolution. In it, he basically disses the French revolutionaries, saying that they were
a bunch of idiots. Pretty controversial stuff, right?
Burke wasn’t the only one writing about the French Revolution at the time. Loads and
loads of people were. And how do we know this? Well, we know this thanks to
analyzing that huge digital archive of Victorian books. As Cohen and Gibbs show, the
publication of books with the word “revolution” in the title—books like Burke’s—
spiked around the time of the French Revolution (1789), and the revolutions of 1848.
In other words, with statistical text analysis, we can find all kinds of quantitative data
about what people were thinking and writing about at specific points in history. And as
a result, we can see all kinds of interesting links between history and literature.

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