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The Crisis of the Absolute MonarchyFrance from Old Regime to Revolution$
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Julian Swann and Joël Félix

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265383

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.001.0001

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‘Complaints Lost in the Wind’— French India and the Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy

‘Complaints Lost in the Wind’— French India and the Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy

A Global Dimension?

(p.223) 12 ‘Complaints Lost in the Wind’— French India and the Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy
The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy

Mike Rapport

British Academy

In recent years, historians have become increasingly drawn to consider what were once thought of as national problems in a global context. This chapter is inspired by that approach and seeks to analyse the interaction between the crisis in mainland France and that being experienced by the French colonies in India. The crisis in India directly affected French imperial and commercial aspirations: the circumstances on the subcontinent show how the relationship between the crises around the world overlapped and affected each other, and not necessarily in a single direction emanating from Europe. India was one of the absolute monarchy's greatest lost opportunities for the triumphant assertion of imperial power and for the economic and fiscal rewards which empire and trade might have brought.

Keywords:   French empire, India, global history, French Revolution, Louis XV, Pondichéry

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