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The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy: France from Old Regime to Revolution

Julian Swann and Joël Félix


For generations of historians, 1789 was a defining moment in world history and it has been said to mark, amongst other things, the triumph of the bourgeoisie, the birth of modernity, the rise of nationalism, or even the invention of ideology. To explain an event of such magnitude, it was understandable that historians should seek no less portentous origins with factors such as the rise of capitalism, class struggle or the impact of the Enlightenment cited as the long-term causes of Revolution. In recent years, however, there has been a preoccupation with the actual course of the Revolution. Th ... More

Keywords: absolute monarchy, Louis XVI, French Revolution, Enlightenment, political culture, nation, world history, ideology, Marxism

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265383
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Swann, editor
Birkbeck College

Joël Félix, editor
University of Reading

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1 Introduction

Julian Swann

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