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The State in Early Modern France

2nd Edition


Part of New Approaches to European History

  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521130257

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  • A new edition of James Collins's acclaimed synthesis that challenged longstanding views of the origins of modern states and absolute monarchy through an analysis of early modern Europe's most important continental state. Incorporating recent scholarship on the French state and his own research, James Collins has revised the text throughout. He examines recent debates on 'absolutism'; presents a fresh interpretation of the Fronde and of French society in the eighteenth century; includes additional material on French colonies and overseas trade; and ties recent theoretical work into a new chapter on Louis XIV. He argues that the monarchical state came into being around 1630, matured between 1690 and 1730 and, in a new final chapter, shows that the period May 1787 to June 1789 was an interregnum, with the end of the Ancien Régime coming not in 1789 but with the dissolution of the Assembly of Notables on 25 May 1787.

    • This updated edition includes a new preface and two new chapters
    • The text has been revised throughout and incorporates the extensive recent scholarship on the French state
    • Features a glossary, chronology, genealogy and an overview of the historical background
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    'The reader who savours the full pleasures of this book will be able to feel that he or she, at the end of it all, has a real grasp of both what happened in the old Bourbon state and how it functioned, changed and came apart. One could scarcely ask more of an introductory work; and one can only regret that more supposedly 'introductory' textbooks do not come up to Professor Collins's exacting standards.' French History

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521130257
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Chronology of events
    Historical background: the growth of the French state to 1627
    1. The crucible, 1620s–30s
    2. The twenty years' crisis, 1635–54
    3. Louis XIV: laying the foundation, 1654–83
    4. The debacle
    5. The mature monarchical state
    6. A new France takes shape
    7. Reform, renewal, collapse
    8. The interregnum, 1787–9.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Absolutism and Enlightenment
    • France and its Colonies in the Age of Absolutism
    • France under the Absolute Monarchy
    • France, 1610-1848
    • French Revolution and Napoleon
    • History of France 1610-1848
    • Modern France
    • Old Regime Europe
    • Old Regime France 1600-1815
    • Old Regime and Revolutionary France
    • Research Methods Seminar: State Formation in Early Modern Europe
    • The French Revolution (at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC)
  • Author

    James B. Collins, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    James B. Collins is Professor of History at Georgetown University. His previous publications include From Tribes to Nation: The Making of France, c.500–1799 (2002), The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution (2002) and Classes, Estates and Order in Early Modern Brittany (1994).

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