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The Remaking of France

The Remaking of France
The National Assembly and the Constitution of 1791

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  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893770

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About the Authors
  • How did the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity evolve out of the corporate structure of the Old Regime in France? This study investigates the evolution of a new ideal in polity in 1789 and the reaction of French society to it. Concentrating especially on the restructuring of the administration and judiciary, the author argues that the new political structure created by the Constitution of 1791 was the most equitable and participatory national political system in the world and that the achievements of the National Assembly deserve greater recognition than they have traditionally received.

    • An original and pioneering re-interpretation of key legal and constitutional issues of the French Revolution
    • Researched in meticulous detail from archival sources
    • One of the most important and original contributions on aspects of the French Revolution to appear from the USA
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...cleary shows that the National Assembly performed an incredible task in bringing about a new idea of polity for the French people and that this important work should not be lost amidst the later bloodshed." Historian

    "Michael Fitzsimmons has... provided a valuable service in recapturing the spirit and achievement of the National Assembly. Not only does he convey the sense of possibility that animated the French nation, but he also restores the notion of historical possibility..." Canadian Journal of History

    "...a common sense refreshing in a field in which too much energy has been devoted to the search for hidden significance...." William Doyle, Times Literary Supplement

    "Fitzsimmons's research is supported by a prodigious amount of archival material, including parliamentary debates, pamphlets, and personal memoirs. his work provides a helpful corrective to teleological views of the revolutionary process." Gail Bossenga, American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521893770
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. The crisis of the Old Regime
    2. The formation of the new ideal of the polity
    3. The achievement of the new ideal of the polity
    4. The new ideal of the polity reaffirmed
    Part II:
    5. The reception of the new ideal of the polity
    6. The realization of the new ideal of the polity
    7. Rallying to the new ideal of the polity
    Bibliographical note and list of manuscript sources.

  • Author

    Michael P. Fitzsimmons, Auburn University, Alabama

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