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The Remaking of France

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


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

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  • How did the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity evolve out of the corporate structure of the Old Regime in France? This 1994 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. In particular, by the standards of the eighteenth century, the polity enacted by the National Assembly was more inclusive than exclusive, and the Constitution of 1791 was much more of an object of consensus than has been acknowledged. Challenging criticisms of the Assembly and the constitution, The Remaking of France argues 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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    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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