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Provincial Power and Absolute Monarchy
The Estates General of Burgundy, 1661–1790

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  • Author: Julian Swann, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036672

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  • Julian Swann analyzes the organization, membership and powers of the Estates General of Burgundy during the classic period of absolute monarchy. Swann explores the activities of their administration and their struggles for power with rival institutions as well as their relationships with the crown and with the Burgundian people. His study reveals much about the government of Louis XIV, the history of Burgundy and the wider political history of eighteenth-century France, including the origins of the French Revolution.

    • Fills a gap in our understanding of French provincial government
    • A significant contribution to the history of absolute monarchy and the origins of the French Revolution
    • Based on extensive archival research
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    "Swann investigates many aspects of the relation between the s tate and provincial elites by focusing on one of the great pays de etat and its representative institution, the Estates General of Burgundy. Without substantially changing the new consensus on absolutism, he has written a remarkably clear, judiciously nuanced discussion of its development." - The Journal of Modern History Thomas Brennan, U.S. Naval Academy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036672
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.714kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of figures
    List of appendices
    List of map
    List of abbreviations
    Map: the duchy of Burgundy in the eighteenth century
    1. Historians, absolute monarchy and the provincial estates
    2. Ancien régime Burgundy
    3. The Estates General of Burgundy
    4. Nosseigneurs les élus and the officers of the Estates
    5. The provincial administration: authority and enforcement
    6. 'It's raining taxes': paying for the Sun King, 1661–1715
    7. Provincial administration in an age of iron, 1661–1715
    8. The limits of absolutism: crown, governor and the Estates in the eighteenth century
    9. Provincial rivalries: the Estates and the Parlement of Dijon in the eighteenth century
    10. Tax, borrow and lend: crown, Estates and finance, 1715–89
    11. An enlightened administration?
    12. The coming of the French revolution in Burgundy, 1787–9

  • Author

    Julian Swann, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Julian Swann is Lecturer in Early Modern European History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Politics and the Parlements of Paris under Louis XV, 1754–1774 (1995).

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