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Preserving the Monarchy

Preserving the Monarchy
The Comte de Vergennes 1774–1787


  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521527064

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  • The comte de Vergennes is best known as one of the great foreign ministers of modern French history, but for much of the 1780s he was also first minister in all but name. This 1995 book was the first to deal in depth with the critical part he played in French domestic policies on the eve of the Revolution. It studies Vergennes' role in the context of the debate on the nature and future of the French monarchy in the two decades before the Revolution. His financial reforms, fully examined here, were the last attempt to restructure the monarchy in accordance with its traditional principles. The failure of this undertaking accelerated the final collapse of the royal government. Preserving the Monarchy is based on archival research, as well as reinterpretations of the established sources. The result is a significant study, not merely of Vergennes but of the end of the ancien régime.

    • An original and important study of the politics of the French monarchy just before the Revolution
    • The first detailed study of the Comte de Vergennes as first minister of Louis XVI
    • Uses important new archival sources
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521527064
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Recalled to life
    king, queen, and first minister: the Guines affair
    2. The question of reform: Turgot, Necker, and Vergennes
    3. Vergennes as first minister: the comité des finances
    4. The fall of the comité des finances: the comité and credit policy
    the crisis of the caisse d'escompte
    the reform of the general farm
    5. The politics of judicial reform
    6. The politics of retrenchment
    7. The ministry, its divisions, and the parlement of Paris, 1785–6
    the diamond necklace affair
    8. The Dutch imbroglio
    9. Death and posterity

  • Author

    Munro Price, University of Bradford

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