Alfred Cobban

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Alfred Cobban (born May 24, 1901 in London , † April 1, 1968 ibid) was a British historian . He dealt extensively with French history .


In his work on the French Revolution , Cobban did not see the bourgeoisie as capitalist and the nobility as partially progressive. He explained the revolutionary elite from the interaction of both groups. Cobban rejected the idea of ​​a bourgeois revolution by characterizing France at the time as despotic, not feudal.

Cobban taught at University College London , among others .

Work (selection)

  • A History of Modern France (1961)

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