Albert Goodwin (historian)

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Albert Goodwin (2 August 1906 – 22 September 1995) was a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford (where he had previously been a student) and later Professor of Modern History in the University of Manchester. He outlined his liberal ideas on the reasons behind the French Revolution in his book of the same name. He saw the Revolution as, 'a merciless conflict between aristocracy and democracy' laying heavy emphasis on the role of Louis XVI and his failings in opposing reform and refusing to take on the role of a constitutional monarch.

Early life[edit]

Goodwin was born in Sheffield and educated at King Edward VII School, winning a scholarship to Jesus College, Oxford in 1924.[1]


  • European nobility in the eighteenth century; studies of the nobilities of the major European states in the pre-Reform era. 1954, 2nd ed 1967
  • Select list of works on Europe and Europe overseas, 1715–1815. Edited for the Oxford Eighteenth Century Group by J.S. Bromley and A. Godwin. (1974)
  • French Revolution [by] A. Goodwin. 1953, 2nd ed 1966
  • Friends of liberty : the English democratic movement in the age of the French Revolution (1979)
  • Federalist movement in Caen during the French Revolution.
  • Counter-revolution in Brittany:


  1. ^ Pugh, Ronald (27 September 1995). "OBITUARY: Professor Albert Goodwin – Obituaries, News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2010-04-08.