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.
'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