The State in Early Modern France

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Sep 28, 1995 - History - 280 pages
0 Reviews
This major new textbook addresses fundamental questions about the nature of the state in early modern Europe through an analysis of the most important continental state, France. Professor Collins abandons the traditional formulation of the absolute monarchy, and presents in its place a state that evolved to meet the needs of the French elites. Collins offers a detailed analysis of French society, to provide the broader context for the development of the French state. The model that emerges from his synthesis is one that relied more on persuasion and congruity of influence than on arbitrary authority, and Collins argues that fundamental changes in French society made the monarchical, ministerial state a dangerous anachronism by the 1750s, leading to political impasse by the second half of the eighteenth century. Collins offers a fundamental reinterpretation of the state relevant to historians and students of political thought.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


The crucible 1620s1630s
The twenty years crisis 16351654
Louis XIV and the creation of the modern state
The debacle
A new France 1720s1750s
Reform renewal collapse
The crisis of 17871789

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 10 - Hanley, The Lit de Justice of the Kings of France (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983); and Lawrence M.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information