The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Regime

Paperback | August 3, 2014

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In The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Regime, an international team of thirty contributors survey and present current thinking about the world of pre-revolutionary France and Europe.The idea of the Ancien Regime was invented by the French revolutionaries to define what they hoped to destroy and replace. But it was not a precise definition, and although historians have found it conceptually useful, there is wide disagreement about what the Ancien Regime's main features were, howthey worked, how old they were, how far they stretched, how dynamic or inert they were, and how far the revolutionaries succeeded in their ambitions to eradicate them.In this wide-ranging and authoritative collection, old and newer areas of research into the Ancien Regime are presented and assessed, and there has been no attempt to impose any sort of consensus. The result shows what a lively field of historical enquiry the Ancien Regime remains, and points theway towards a range of promising new directions for thinking and writing about the intriguing complex of historical problems which it continues to pose.

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In The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Regime, an international team of thirty contributors survey and present current thinking about the world of pre-revolutionary France and Europe.The idea of the Ancien Regime was invented by the French revolutionaries to define what they hoped to destroy and replace. But it was not a precise definiti...

William Doyle is Emeritus Professor of History and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:600 pagesPublished:August 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. William Doyle: IntroductionSection I: Government2. Peter R. Campbell: Absolute Monarchy3. Hamish Scott: Diplomacy4. David Parrott: Armed Forces5. Joel Felix: Finance6. Julian Swann: Parlements and Provincial EstatesSection II: Society7. John Shovlin: Nobility8. Sarah Maza: Bourgeoisie9. Gail Bossenga: Estates, Orders, and Corps10. Alan Forrest: Poverty11. Julia Hardwick: GenderSection III: Economy12. Jack A. Goldstone: Demography13. Anthony Crubaugh: Feudalism14. Peter M. Jones: Agriculture15. Silvia Marzagalli: Commerce16. William Doyle: Slavery and SerfdomSection IV: Religion17. Nigel Aston: The Established Church18. Robin Briggs: Popular Religion19. Thomas O'Connor: Jansenism20. Marisa Linton: Dissent and TolerationSection V: Culture21. Dorinda Outram: Education22. Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire: Sociability23. Mark Ledbury: Patronage24. Thomas E. Kaiser: The Public SphereSection VI: Solvents?25. Thomas Munck: Enlightenment26. Christine MacLeod and Alessandro Nuvolari: Technological Change27. Michael Rapport: RevolutionSection VII: Test Cases28. Michael Broers: The Napoleonic Regimes29. Julian Hoppit: Reformed and Unreformed Britain, 1689-180130. Christopher Clark: Colonial America31. Peter H. Wilson: The Old Reich32. William Doyle: ConclusionIndex