The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: From the Old Regime to the French Revolution by Julian SwannThe Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: From the Old Regime to the French Revolution by Julian Swann

The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: From the Old Regime to the French Revolution

EditorJulian Swann, Joel Felix

Hardcover | April 8, 2013

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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 wasunderstandable 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 prevailing concern with political culture and gender as analytical tools has illuminated developments in Paris and in the French provinces, and has brought to prominence many themes inadequatelyexplored during earlier scholarly generations. Rather less attention is given currently to how France was plunged into revolutionary turmoil, which is now taken largely as a 'given'. 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. It presents a series ofup-to-date essays which, collectively, provide a new interpretation of the origins of the Revolution. Uniquely among recent contributions to the field, this volume transcends national historiographical traditions and includes contributions by leading experts from France, Britain and the UnitedStates, giving it a breadth of approach which previous scholarship has lacked.
Julian Swann is Professor in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College. Joel Felix is Professor and Head of Department of Modern Languages and European Studies at the University of Reading.
Title:The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: From the Old Regime to the French RevolutionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:350 pagesPublished:April 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0197265383

ISBN - 13:9780197265383


Table of Contents

1. Julian Swann: Introduction: The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy2. Jean-Philippe Poussou: How, and how not, to use the concept of crisis in the reign of Louis XVI3. Michael Broers: The End of a Golden Age or the Implosion of a False Absolutism? The Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia from Absolutism to Revolution, 1685-18144. Julian Swann: From servant of the king to "idol of the nation": The breakdown of personal monarchy in Louis XVI's France5. Munro Price: The marechal de Castries and the pre-revolution6. Joel Felix: The problem with Necker's Compte Rendu au Roi (1781)7. Nigel Aston: Necker and aristocratic constitutionalism: the British connection8. David A. Bell: The Culture of War in Europe, 1750-18159. Thomas E. Kaiser: The Austrian Alliance, the Seven Years' War, and the Emergence of a French 'National' Foreign Policy, 1756-179010. Hamish Scott: A Model of Conduct from the Age of Chivalry?: Honour, International Decline and the End of the Bourbon Monarchy11. Olivier Chaline: Franco-British naval rivalry and the crisis of the monarchy (1759-1789)12. Mike Rapport: 'Complaints Lost in the Wind'. French India and the Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: a Global Dimension?13. Guy Rowlands: The Maison militaire du Roi and the disintegration of the Old Regime14. Michel Figeac: The crisis of the nobility at the twilight of the monarchy15. Clarisse Coulomb: The making of a bourgeois identity? Urban histories and their historians in eighteenth-century France16. T.C.W. Blanning: William 'Bill' Doyle and the Origins of the French Revolution