Overture to Revolution: The 1787 Assembly of Notables and the Crisis of Frances Old Regime by John Hardman

Overture to Revolution: The 1787 Assembly of Notables and the Crisis of Frances Old Regime

byJohn Hardman

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The Assembly of Notables which met between 22 February and 25 May 1787 was a major turning point in French, even world history: it was the first link in an unbroken chain which led to the French Revolution, which itself formed the template for the modern world. The reform programme which finance minister Calonne, with the full backing of Louis XVI, presented to a hand-picked Assembly of Notables would have transformed France. She would have ended up with a Napoleonic system: equality without liberty. Since that is what she got in the end, after wadingthrough oceans of blood, it might have been better if she had taken the shorter route. Liberty, however, in 1787 was valued more highly than equality and the Notables mercilessly exploited this preference to defeat Calonne and the king. By 1789, equality was back on the agenda and remained therethrough the vicissitudes of the coming years - but too late for Calonne (who was in exile) or for the king, who never recovered from the blow the Notables had dealt him. In the light of modern scholarship and the latest archival information, John Hardman integrates the various facets of this seminal assembly, which are often considered in isolation (the king, the royal council, the Notables, the role of Necker, and that of public opinion) into a lucid analyticalnarrative, interspersed with the Notables' critique of Calonne's measures as they were successively presented to them.

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John Hardman was Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Edinburgh from 1969-1983 and Senior Research Fellow at Sussex University, 2000 -2004. He is the author of many books on late eighteenth century France and the French revolution, including most recently Louis XVI: The Silent King.
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Title:Overture to Revolution: The 1787 Assembly of Notables and the Crisis of Frances Old RegimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: The state of France in 1786: Illusion and reality1. Calonne's reform programme and its adoption by the king2. Choosing the Notables3. Delayed opening of the Assembly4. Provincial Assemblies5. Calonne's land tax6. Customs and excise reform and the royal domain: the memoirs of the second and third divisions7. The Easter crisis8. The brief ministry of Bouvard de Fourqueux9. The demand for institutional checks10. Conclusion and Epilogue 1787-89: continuity and disjunctionAppendix 1Appendix 2Appendix 3Appendix 4Bibliography