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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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The End of a Golden Age or the Implosion of a False Absolutism? The Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia from Absolutism to Revolution, 1685–1814

The End of a Golden Age or the Implosion of a False Absolutism? The Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia from Absolutism to Revolution, 1685–1814

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(p.45) 3 The End of a Golden Age or the Implosion of a False Absolutism? The Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia from Absolutism to Revolution, 1685–1814
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The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy
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Michael Broers

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.003.0003

On the eve of the French Revolution, there were few more truly ‘absolutist’ states than the lands of the House of Savoy. Yet there were also few as predicated on rule by educated meritocracy or pragmatic, if authoritarian reform. The Savoyard domains remain among the least known or understood of the second rank powers of the eighteenth century, but their internal history offers a remarkable insight into the workings of an absolutist regime, faced with the growing social and economic crisis in the last decades of pre-revolutionary Europe. This chapter first explores the reactions of the Savoyard monarchy to the internal crisis it faced on the eve of the French invasion. It then analyses its disintegration under the onslaught of the first Italian campaign.

Keywords:   absolutism, House of Savoy, Vittorio Alfieri, Carlo Dennina, French Revolution

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