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. In his book of the same name, he presented his liberal interpretation of the French Revolution as 'a merciless conflict between aristocracy and democracy' caused by the refusal of Louis XVI to accept 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] He served during WW II as officer in the RAF.


  • The Federalist Movement in Caen during the French Revolution. 1960 (paperback)
  • The French Revolution. 1953; 2nd ed 1966
  • The European nobility in the eighteenth century; studies of the nobilities of the major European states in the pre-Reform era. 1954; 2nd ed 1967
  • Counter-revolution in Brittany : The royalist conspiracy of the Marquis de la Rouerie, 1791-3. 1957
  • (with J.S. Bromley) Select list of works on Europe and Europe overseas, 1715–1815. Edited for the Oxford Eighteenth Century Group. 1974
  • The Friends of liberty : The English democratic movement in the age of the French Revolution. 1979


  1. ^ Pugh, Ronald (27 September 1995). "OBITUARY: Professor Albert Goodwin – Obituaries, News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 8 April 2010.