By Peter McPhee
A spouse to the French Revolution includes twenty-nine newly-written essays reassessing the origins, improvement, and impression of this nice turning-point in smooth history.
• Examines the origins, improvement and effect of the French Revolution
• positive aspects unique contributions from prime historians, together with six essays translated from French.
• offers a wide-ranging assessment of present historic debates at the revolution and destiny instructions in scholarship
• offers both thorough remedy to either explanations and results of the French Revolution
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In short, they stress the long-term processes that go beyond the individual and the contingent. In this way, the participants are seen to be in the grip of historical forces they were not aware of, but were nevertheless furthering. A classic example of this is Alexis de Tocqueville’s Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which the Revolution is defined as a further stage in a process of centralization going back to Louis XIV (though it would be a grave injustice to imply that his study argued no more than this).
We might for example develop a typology of crisis under the ancien régime in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and compare that with the 1780s to understand the similarities and differences (Campbell 2012). Crisis and Revolution So we come back to our initial questions about the origins of the Revolution, but in a very different state of studies. What is a revolution? What stages does it go through in order to take place? Are revolutions produced by social, economic, ideological, or political (including fiscal) tensions?
Félix, Joël (1999). Finances et politique au Siècle des Lumières: Le Ministère L’Averdy, 1763–1768. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale. Félix, Joël (2006). ” In Peter R. ). The Origins of the French Revolution. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave. 35–62. Figeac, Michel (2002). L’Automne des gentilshommes: Noblesse d’Aquitaine, noblesse française au siècle des lumières. Paris: H. Champion. Ford, Franklin (1953). Robe and Sword: The Regrouping of the French Aristocracy after Louis XIV. : Harvard University Press.
A Companion to the French Revolution by Peter McPhee