How to Write a Book Review Writing a book review is not the same as writing a book report or a summary.
A book review is a critical analysis of a published work that assesses the work's strengths and weaknesses.
We provide a direct quotation that clearly illustrates the author's opinion of Robespierre.
Finally, we mention why the source is relevant to our thesis. Popkin examines the evolution of the French media in his aptly named article, "The Royalist Press in the Reign of Terror." Popkin uses excerpts from major contemporary newspapers to illustrate public opinion on the Revolution.
The dissertation literature review is one of the most demanding tasks in the thesis writing process.
In 1984, Jenny Cushman, in her perceptive article, 'The Chinese community in Australian historiography' made a passionate plea for historians to move away from studies of Australian attitudes to "relocate the Chinese experience within the Chinese community itself".
While their work is broader in scope than Fife's, they include an entire chapter dedicated to the Reign of Terror.
Like most other French historians, they conclude that Robespierre's decline was due to his failure to control the Jacobins that he had radicalized.
His commentary on Robespierre is limited, but he does discuss the shifting loyalties of Jacobin supporters.
Commentary: As in the section on the previous source, this section of the sample literature review comments on the content and quality of Popkin's work.