The Ancien Regime
Published in 1986 as one of the first titles in the Studies in European History series, this essay quickly established itself as the most concise and accessible guide to the meanings and hidden complexities of an apparently straightforward historical category, both in the history of France and Europe as a whole. A second edition now incorporates material which has widened and advanced the historical debate in the intervening years, and includes a completely revised and expanded bibliography.
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abolished absolute monarchy achievements agriculture Ancien Regime society argued attempt basic began bourgeois bourgeoisie Braudel brought capitalism Catholic certainly church clergy conflict constitution contemporaries Counter-Reformation cultural debate despotism Dutch Republic early modern economic Ancien Regime enjoyed Enlightenment established Estates-General Europe European feudal force France France's French Revolution French society Frenchmen fundamental Gallican Church historians important increasingly interpretation Jaures king landed less liberty Louis XIV Louis XVI Marxist medieval ment mid eighteenth century middle ages Mousnier Napoleon nation nobility noble organisation parlements peasants Physiocrats Pierre Goubert policies political popular population Porshnev pre-revolutionary privileged orders production of material Reformation REGIME THE ANCIEN religion religious representative institutions restoration revolutionaries Roland Mousnier rule seemed sixteenth century social elites society of orders subvention territoriale Taine taxation term third estate Third Republic thought tion Tocqueville Tocqueville's trade traditional unprecedented upheavals urbanisation venal offices whole