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The Ancien Régime /
William Doyle.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
description
x, 66 p.
ISBN
0333946391
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
isbn
0333946391
catalogue key
4283379
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
William Doyle is Professor of History at the University of Bristol and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Reviews
Review Quotes
Reviews of the first edition: 'This essay should become essential reading for any student of the period' - Peter Burley, History Today 'Constitutes an invaluable guide through the literature and the controversies ... This discussion will serve as a useful introduction for both early modernists and students of the nineteenth century.' - Alan Metters, Teaching History
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Summaries
Main Description
Published in 1986 as one of the first titles in the Studies in European History series, this essay quickly established itself as the most concise and accessible guide to the meanings and hidden complexities of an apparently straightforward historical category, both in the history of France and Europe as a whole. A second edition now incorporates material which has widened and advanced the historical debate in the intervening years, and includes a completely revised and expanded bibliography.
Description for Bookstore
Published in 1986 as one of the first titles in theStudies in European Historyseries, this essay quickly established itself as the most concise and accessible guide to the meanings and hidden complexities of an apparently straightforward historical category, both in the history of France and Europe as a whole. A second edition now incorporates material which has widened and advanced the historical debate in the intervening years, and includes a completely revised and expanded bibliography.
Long Description
The term 'Ancien Regime' was coined by the French Revolutionaries, but subsequent debate and discussion have expanded it far beyond its original meaning. Historians have often disagreed about what it was, where it operated, how it worked, when it began and when it ended. This book, now in its second edition, has established itself as the most concise and accessible guide to the meanings and hidden complexities of an apparently straightforward historical term. William Doyle explains how the term originated and developed and discusses why historians continue to find it a useful concept. He demonstrates that there were several anciens regimes - political, social, economic and cultural - which encompassed not only France but in many ways the whole of Europe. This revised and updated edition incorporates material which has widened and advanced recent historical debate, and includes a completely revised and expanded bibliography.
Table of Contents
Editor's Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. ix
A Note on Referencesp. x
Evolution of an Idea 1789-1914p. 1
Initial Definitionsp. 1
The Polarisation of Opinionp. 5
Towards Scholarly Analysisp. 9
Anciens Regimesp. 14
Politicalp. 14
Socialp. 20
Economicp. 26
Culturalp. 31
Europeanp. 37
The Limits of the Ancien Regimep. 43
Beginningsp. 44
Endingsp. 46
Select Bibliographyp. 52
Indexp. 62
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