France and the Age of Revolution: Regimes Old and New from Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte

France and the Age of Revolution: Regimes Old and New from Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte

by William Doyle
     
 

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From the turmoil and tragedy of the French Revolution to the rise and fall of the enigmatic figure of Napoleon Bonaparte, the history of France between 1789 and 1815 is one of the most enduringly fascinating – and widely-studied – periods of history. In this volume, the renowned historian William Doyle provides a new perspective on several key themes

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From the turmoil and tragedy of the French Revolution to the rise and fall of the enigmatic figure of Napoleon Bonaparte, the history of France between 1789 and 1815 is one of the most enduringly fascinating – and widely-studied – periods of history. In this volume, the renowned historian William Doyle provides a new perspective on several key themes within the history of this period - from the world of the Ancien Régime to the Battle of Waterloo. He sheds new light on the causes of the French Revolution and the impact of the revolution outside France. In taking a fresh look at the Napoleonic Empire, he considers the influences on Napoleon's leadership decisions and the machinations of his court. Written by one of the leading historians of Revolutionary France, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe.

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""This book reveals the ever fertile mind of Bill Doyle in all its many facets, from the carefully researched, intricate minutiae of venality and finance in Ancien Régime France, to the grand sweep of the fall of monarchies and the roots of revolution across the western world in the Age of Revolutions. There is a fresh insight and a refreshing dash of much needed iconoclasm, on every page. Doyle is a scholar who continues to provoke, instruct and inspire, in prose as sparkling and clear as a vintage Champagne."" – Michael Broers, Professor of Western European History, University of Oxford, UK

""Here is William Doyle at his finest. In this book, distilling his most recent research, this master historian of the Old Regime and French Revolution explores key issues in the collapse, and rebuilding of French state and society from Louis XIV through Napoleon. In typical Doyle fashion, the chapters emphasize contingency, complexity, and continuity. By steering clear of determinisms and refusing to treat the French Revolution as inevitable, Doyle makes palpable the sense of possibility that infused those heady times."" – Rafe Blaufarb, Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, Florida State University, USA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780764443
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Series:
International Library of Historical Studies Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


William Doyle FBA is Emeritus Professor of History at Bristol University, UK, a fellow of the British Academy and a trustee of the Society of French History. His publications include The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction; The Oxford History of the French Revolution; Origins of the French Revolution; Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction; Aristocracy and its Enemies in the Age of Revolution; The Old European Order 1660-1800; Old Regime France 1648-1788; The Ancien Régime; The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Régime and Officers, Nobles and Revolutionaries.

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