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Reform and Revolution in France

Reform and Revolution in France
The Politics of Transition, 1774–1791

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  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521459426

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About the Authors
  • This textbook has been written to guide teachers and students through the enormous and ever expanding literature on the French Revolution. The author combines social and political interpretations of the origins of the Revolution and offers a synthesis that takes full account of current debates. He also seeks to restore the Revolution to its domestic surroundings, and argues that the dramatic events of 1789 need to be considered alongside the reform achievements of Bourbon absolute monarchy.

    • Completely up-to-date textbook in terms of published and unpublished research.
    • A reconceptualisation of the usual 'periods' of the French Revolution which also takes the Bourbon achievement into full account
    • Unites the 'social' and 'political' historiographies of the French Revolution
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[Jones'] trenchant analysis of the governmental, social, and economic structure of pre-Revolutionary France is clear and nuanced...This brief summary cannot do justice to the persuasive arguments and rich detail which Jones's book offers. It deserves a place on the bookshelves of specialists and undergraduates alike." The Historian

    "Reform and Revolution in France displays the best qualities of a textbook; it is carefully organized, crisply written and very up-to-date....This brief summary cannot do justice to the persuasive arguments and rich detail that Jones's book offers. It deserves a place on the bookshelves of specialists and undergraduates alike." James Friguglietti, The Historian

    "Jones's work is commendable on many grounds: it synthesizes well so many complex cultural and religious strains in the early seventeenth century that form the character, vision, and ecclesiastical activity of this leader in the diocese of Milan. Borromeo, too is a significant personality for any student of the post-Tridentine era, for he not only knew nearly every major actor in his day and absorbed the intellectual and spiritual energies in his milieu, but he invested heavily his own resources in an institution that sought to promote many genres of art on a amjor scale and to make these public for the salvation of souls." Frederick J. McGinnes, The Catholic Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521459426
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.425kg
    • contains: 10 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Government
    2. Society
    3. Economy
    4. Reform and the reform constituency
    5. Towards 'a truly national representation', 1787–1789
    6. The National Assembly, 1789–1791
    7. The political culture of revolution

  • Author

    Peter M. Jones, University of Birmingham

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