The State in Early Modern France / Edition 2

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Overview

A new edition of James B. Collins's acclaimed synthesis that challenged long-standing views of the origins of modern states and absolute monarchy through an analysis of early modern Europe's most important continental state. Incorporating recent scholarship on the French state and his own research, James B. Collins has revised the text throughout. He examines recent debates on "absolutism"; presents a fresh interpretation of the Fronde and of French society in the eighteenth century; includes additional material on French colonies and overseas trade; and ties recent theoretical work into a new chapter on Louis XIV. He argues that the monarchical state came into being around 1630, matured between 1690 and 1730, and, in a new final chapter, argues that the period may 1787 to June 1789 was an interregnum, with the end of the Ancien Régime coming not in 1789 but with the dissolution of the Assembly of Notables on 25 May 1787.

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'The reader who savours the full pleasures of this book will be able to feel that he or she, at the end of it all, has a real grasp of both what happened in the old Bourbon state and how it functioned, changed and came apart. One could scarcely ask more of an introductory work; and one can only regret that more supposedly 'introductory' textbooks do not come up to Professor Collins's exacting standards.' French History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521113144
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2009
  • Series: New Approaches to European History Series , #42
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James B. Collins is Professor of History at Georgetown University. His previous publications include From Tribes to Nation: The Making of France, c. 500-1799 (2002), The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution (2002) and Classes, Estates and Order in Early Modern Brittany (1994).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Preface to the second edition

Acknowledgments

Chronology of events

Genealogy

Glossary

Historical background: the growth of the French state to 1627 1

1 The crucible, 1620s-1630s 36

2 The twenty years' crisis, 1635-1654 71

3 Louis XIV: laying the foundation, 1654-1683 100

4 The debacle 152

5 The mature monarchical state 191

6 A new France takes shape 239

7 Reform, renewal, collapse 291

8 The interregnum, 1787-1789 342

Original bibliography 359

New bibliography 366

Index 375

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