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The Origins of the French Revolution

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The French Revolution, an event of world historical importance that gave birth to modern politics, has long been a subject of debate. Naturally, the question of its origins remains a key area of controversy. This collection...

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The French Revolution, an event of world historical importance that gave birth to modern politics, has long been a subject of debate. Naturally, the question of its origins remains a key area of controversy. This collection of essays by a team of distinguished experts in the field offers original but approachable views and interpretations that will engage students and scholars alike. Each chapter contains new research and focuses upon a major strand of the present debate. The Origins of the French Revolution explores:- the process of decision-making- the financial crisis- the Paris parlement- pamphlet literature- the ideas of the Enlightenment- peasant involvement- the Estates General of 1789Chapters on art and theatre, on the development of cultural history, and the corrosive role of religious conflict upon the fabric of the monarchy ensure that stimulating new perspectives now form a key part of future discussion. A full introduction considers the nature of the debate and offers a thought-provoking interpretation of the crisis of the absolute monarchy that led to the collapse of state and society in the summer of 1789.

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Offers a range of essays on the subject by leading British and American scholars
Contains new research throughout and a comprehensive introductory chapter which advances a new theory of the origins of the Revolution
Includes a helpful chronology, glossary, and further reading section to aid understanding and further study

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Introduction: The Origins of the French Revolution; P.R.Campbell
The Financial Origins of the French Revolution; J.Felix
Decision-Making; J.Hardman
The Paris Parlement in the 1780s; P.R.Campbell
From Social to Cultural History; W.Scott
The Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution; M.Linton
The Religious Origins of the French Revolution, 1560-1791; D.van Kley
The Contested Image: Stage, Canvas and the Origins of the French Revolution; M.Ledbury
The Pamphlet Debate Over the Organization of the Estates General; K.Margerison
Peasants and their Grievances; J.Markoff
From The Estates-General to the National Assembly, May 5 August 4, 1789; M.P.Fitzsimmons
Glossary
Chronology
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Further Reading
Notes on Contributors
Index.

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PETER R. CAMPBELL is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sussex, UK. He has written widely on the ancien regime and his books include The Ancien Regime in France (1988), Louis XIV (1993) and Power and Politics in Old Regime France (1996).

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PETER R. CAMPBELL is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sussex, UK. He has written widely on the ancien regime and his books include The Ancien Regime in France (1988), Louis XIV (1993) and Power and Politics in Old Regime France (1996).

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