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Class and State in Ancien Regime France : The Road to Modernity? - David Parker

Class and State in Ancien Regime France

The Road to Modernity?

Hardcover Published: 11th February 1997
ISBN: 9780415136471
Number Of Pages: 368

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Class and State in Early Modern France explores the economic, social, ideological and political foundations of French Absolutism. David Parker's challenging interpretation presents French Absolutism as a remarkably successful attempt to preserve the political and ideological structures of the traditional order.
This reassessment runs contrary to much revisionist historiography, rejecting the widespread tendency to treat French Absolutism either as an instrument of capitalism or political modernisation. It also discusses a number of contentious issues such as the agrarian foundations of capitalism, the relationship between class and status, as well as the structure and ideology of the absolute state itself. It will be of interest to early modern historians of France, Britain and Europe.

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." . . [B]est and most original in the comparative study betweeen France and England." -"French History, Oct. 1996

Prefacep. xi
Glossary of French Termsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Approaches to French Absolutismp. 6
The French Economyp. 28
The Roots of Conflictp. 75
Orders and Classesp. 111
The Nobilityp. 136
Power, Ideology and the French Statep. 158
France, England and the Capitalist Roadp. 207
Empirical Résumé and Theoretical Afterthoughtsp. 262
Notesp. 281
Select Bibliographyp. 314
Indexp. 336
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ISBN: 9780415136471
ISBN-10: 0415136474
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 11th February 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1

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