OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Regime

ISBN : 9780198713616

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¥5,478
Author: 
William Doyle
Pages
600 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
176 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jul 2014
Series
Oxford Handbooks in History
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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, how they 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 the way towards a range of promising new directions for thinking and writing about the intriguing complex of historical problems which it continues to pose.

Index: 

1. Introduction
SECTION I: GOVERNMENT
2. Absolute Monarchy
3. Diplomacy
4. Armed Forces
5. Finance
6. Parlements and Provincial Estates
SECTION II: SOCIETY
7. Nobility
8. Bourgeoisie
9. Estates, Orders, and Corps
10. Poverty
11. Gender
SECTION III: ECONOMY
12. Demography
13. Feudalism
14. Agriculture
15. Commerce
16. Slavery and Serfdom
SECTION IV: RELIGION
17. The Established Church
18. Popular Religion
19. Jansenism
20. Dissent and Toleration
SECTION V: CULTURE
21. Education
22. Sociability
23. Patronage
24. The Public Sphere
SECTION VI: SOLVENTS?
25. Enlightenment
26. Technological Change
27. Revolution
SECTION VII: TEST CASES
28. The Napoleonic Regimes
29. Reformed and Unreformed Britain, 1689-1801
30. Colonial America
31. The Old Reich
32. Conclusion
Index

About the author: 

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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