Old Regime France 1648-1788

Paperback | May 1, 2001

EditorWilliam Doyle

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The kingdom of France, a byword for upheaval and instability for a century before 1660, was transformed over the subsequent generation into the greatest power in Europe and an institutional model admired and imitated almost everywhere. A further century elapsed before this hegemony waschallenged, and even then the collapse of monarchy in 1788 took most people by surprise. This book, bringing together an authoritative international panel of historians, portrays and analyses the life of France between two revolutions, a time later known as the old regime. All aspects of French lifeare covered: the economy, social development, religion and culture, French activity overseas, and not least politics and public life, where our understanding has been completely renewed over recent years. A detailed chronology and full bibliography complete this compelling analysis of an age behindwhose calm and assured facade forces were developing which were to shape a very different country and continent.

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The kingdom of France, a byword for upheaval and instability for a century before 1660, was transformed over the subsequent generation into the greatest power in Europe and an institutional model admired and imitated almost everywhere. A further century elapsed before this hegemony waschallenged, and even then the collapse of monarchy ...

William Doyle has been Professor of History at the University of Bristol since 1986, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He is author of Origins of the French Revolution (3rd edition, 1999), The Oxford History of the French Revolution (1989), Venality. The Sale of Offices in eighteenth century France (1996), and Jansenism (2000).

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Format:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198731299

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Table of Contents

William Doyle: Introduction1. Joel Felix: The economy2. Gail Bossenga: Society3. David A. Bell: Culture and religion4. Gillian Thompson and Pierre Boulle: France overseas5. Julian Swann: The state and political culture6. William Doyle: Politics: Louis XIV7. Julian Swann: Politics: Louis XV8. Munro Price: Politics: Louis XIVWilliam Doyle: ConclusionFurther ReadingChronologyMaps