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Title LinkThe crisis of the absolute monarchy : France from Old Regime to revolution / edited by Julian Swann and Joël Félix.
Variant Title France from Old Regime to revolution
Distribution Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Description xiv, 337 pages ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Book
Series ( Proceedings of the British Academy ; ; 184 )
Series ( Proceedings of the British Academy ; 184.)
Gen. Note Papers presented at an international conference held at the British Academy in December, 2009.
Issued in honor of historian William Doyle.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: Introduction: The crisis of the absolute monarchy / Julian Swann -- How, and how not, to use the concept of crisis in the reign of Louis XVI / Jean-Pierre Poussou -- The end of a golden age or the implosion of a false absolutism? : the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia from absolutism to revolution, 1685-1814 / Michael Broers -- From servant of the king to "idol of the nation" : the breakdown of personal monarchy in Louis XVI’s France / Julian Swann -- The maréchal de Castries and the pre-revolution / Munro Price -- The problem with Necker’s Compte rendu au roi (1781) / Joël Félix -- Necker and aristocratic constitutionalism : the British connection / Nigel Aston -- The culture of war in Europe, 1750-1815 / David A. Bell -- The Austrian alliance, the Seven Years’ War and the emergence of a French "national" foreign policy, 1756-1790 / Thomas E. Kaiser -- A model of conduct from the age of chivalry? : honour, international decline and the end of the Bourbon monarchy / Hamish Scott -- Franco-British naval rivalry and the crisis of the monarchy, 1759-1789 / Olivier Chaline -- "Complaints lost in the wind" : French India and the crisis of the absolute monarchy: a global dimension? / Mike Rapport -- The Maison militaire du roi and the disintegration of the old regime / Guy Rowlands -- The crisis of the nobility at the twilight of the monarchy / Michel Figeac -- The making of a bourgeois identity? : urban histories and their historians in eighteenth-century France / -- William "Bill" Doyle and the Origins of the French Revolution / Tim Blanning.
Summary For generations of historians, 1789 was a defining moment in world history and it has been said to mark, amongst other things, the triumph of the bourgeoisie, the birth of modernity, the rise of nationalism or even the invention of ideology. To explain an event of such magnitude it was understandable that historians should seek no less portentous explanations of its origins and that factors such as the rise of capitalism, class struggle or the impact of the Enlightenment were cited as the long-term causes of Revolution. In recent years, however, there has been a preoccupation with the actual course of the Revolution. The present collection, by contrast, focuses once again upon the origins of the dramatic events within and beyond France which transformed later eighteenth-century Europe so comprehensively and established the terms of political and social struggle for the next two centuries.
Per.Sub. LinkLouis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793.
LinkNecker, Jacques, 1732-1804.
LinkDoyle, William, 1942- Origins of the French Revolution.
Subject LinkFrance -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
LinkFrance -- History -- Louis XVI, 1774-1793.
LinkFrance -- Politics and government -- 1589-1789.
LinkMonarchy -- France -- History -- 18th century.
LinkSeven Years’ War, 1756-1763.
Add.Author LinkSwann, Julian.
LinkFélix, Joël, 1960-

System Number 000669504
ISBN Link9780197265383

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