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Inventing the French Revolution ` : Essays on French Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century - Keith Michael Baker

Inventing the French Revolution `

Essays on French Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century

Paperback Published: 25th June 1990
ISBN: 9780521385787
Number Of Pages: 384

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In this volume, Keith Baker, arguably the leading expert writing in English on the ideological origins of the French Revolution, collects together a range of his essays on this subject published in journals in recent years. The essays include historiographical studies of the treatment of the topic by French and other historians as well as important case studies on the political vocabularies characteristic of the ancien regime and the revolutionary periods. The result is a substantial and unified set of studies on one of the central themes in modern European history.

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'Professor Keith Baker is undoubtedly one of the most creative historians working on the intellectual histiry of 18th century France ... Anyone working in this field should listen carefully to what he has to say.' Dr. Colin Lucas, Balliol College, Oxford '[Professor Baker's] is an original and brilliant analysis of the central types of political discourse of the waning ancien regime.' Professor Francois Furet, University of Chicago

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
On the problem of the ideological origins of the French Revolutionp. 12
French history at issue
Memory and practice: politics and the representation of the past in eighteenth-century Francep. 31
Controlling French history: the ideological arsenal of Jacob-Nicolas Moreaup. 59
A script for a French revolution: the political consciousness of the abbe Mablyp. 86
The language of politics at the end of the Old Regime
French political thought at the accession of Louis XVIp. 109
A classical republican in eighteenth-century Bordeaux: Guillaume-Joseph Saigep. 128
Science and politics at the end of the Old Regimep. 153
Public opinion as political inventionp. 167
Toward a revolutionary lexicon
Inventing the French Revolutionp. 203
Representation redefinedp. 224
Fixing the French constitutionp. 252
Notesp. 307
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780521385787
ISBN-10: 0521385784
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 25th June 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52