Let me premise this by saying I love history but have read little of English or French history, short of anything to do with the World Wars. But I am currently reading David McCullough’s book The Greater Journey, Americans in Paris. The book is basically about American artists and authors who spent time in Paris from roughly 1830-1890, but it is also a history of Paris during that time.
I have been surprised by the violence that occurred in Paris from say, the French Revolution to the Paris Commune of 1871. There were smaller violent uprisings in between. French killing French in the most violent and uncivilized fashion, representative of a true hatred between factions.
I wonder why in France, and not in England, which seems except for some religious based violence much earlier had become fairly stable? Was the treatment of the monarchies that different, the treatment of the social classes, leadership, economics, an older history of political acceptance, what?
The French seemed capable of erupting at almost any time while England seemed so very stable.
Again, my background on the subject is very limited, so I am open to suggestions as to why this was and to any books you would recommend.