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Imaging the French Revolution

Any good historian knows that to create a multifaceted and thorough portrait of any historical event or process it is important to draw on a multitude of primary and secondary sources. For example, if one merely relied on Edmund Burke's "Reflections on the French Revolution", he or she would certainly craft a rather one-sided portrait of this monumental event in world history. For more diverse opinions, this project, created by the Center for History & New Media at George Mason University and the Department of History at UCLA, takes on the popular images of the French Revolution. Visitors to the site can read essays by various scholars that analyze differing depictions of the Revolutionary crowd. There are some real gems here, and visitors can also view the actual images themselves, which are contained on the site in the "Images" area. Additionally, the site contains an archived discussion area, which contains comments on the power of images, the relationship between text and images, and appropriately enough, the advantages and disadvantages of online collaboration.
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