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Absolutism and society in seventeenth-century France : state power and provincial aristocracy in Languedoc /
William Beik.
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Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987, c1985.
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xvii, 375 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521263093
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987, c1985.
isbn
0521263093
general note
Includes index.
Revision of thesis (Ph. D.)--Harvard University, 1969?
catalogue key
997013
 
Bibliography: p. 348-368.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-02:
Unlike most specialized administrative studies that focus on one particular institution, Beik's work examines a whole province, Languedoc, during the 1620s and 1630s, tracing the interrelationship of the rulers (nobles, sovereign courts, estates, and towns) with each other and with the crown. The result illuminates a fundamental issue, the nature of absolutism. Beik (Northern Illinois) argues persuasively that the privileged classes, at first opposed to the centralizing tendencies of Richelieu and Mazarin, moved toward cooperation with Louis XIV and Colbert because they recognized that a unity of ruling classes was necessary in a hierarchical society to maintain common vested interests. Beik's richly documented and highly suggestive account touches on important issues that have dominated recent scholarship: the debate over orders versus classes, the meaning of a ``feudal'' society, the role of venality and clientage systems, the pressures of state finance, and the hierarchical nature of society. A major work for students of the period. Recommended for every college and university library.-D.C. Baxter, Ohio University
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'A new generation of political historians would do well to follow William Beik's admirable model of investigation.' The Times Literary Supplement
'A new generation of political historians would do well to follow William Beik's admirable model of investigation.'The Times Literary Supplement
' ... Beik's work is a tour de force. The erudition, probing questions, and subtlety of this study will assure its place among the outstanding works published by an American in french history.' Renaissance Quarterly
' ... Beik's work is a tour de force. The erudition, probing questions, and subtlety of this study will assure its place among the outstanding works published by an American in french history.'Renaissance Quarterly
' '¦ Beik's work is a tour de force. The erudition, probing questions, and subtlety of this study will assure its place among the outstanding works published by an American in french history.'Renaissance Quarterly
' ... one of the outstanding works on early modern France produced in the last decade ... It will be a most influential work, one with which all scholars of the period should be familiar.' American Historical Review
' ... one of the outstanding works on early modern France produced in the last decade ... It will be a most influential work, one with which all scholars of the period should be familiar.'American Historical Review
' '¦ one of the outstanding works on early modern France produced in the last decade '¦ It will be a most influential work, one with which all scholars of the period should be familiar.'American Historical Review
' ... this is an important book, which redefines the terms in which seventeenth-century politics need to be understood. In achieving this, Beik has raised new questions about seventeenth-century society as well.' Social History
' ... this is an important book, which redefines the terms in which seventeenth-century politics need to be understood. In achieving this, Beik has raised new questions about seventeenth-century society as well.'Social History
' '¦ this is an important book, which redefines the terms in which seventeenth-century politics need to be understood. In achieving this, Beik has raised new questions about seventeenth-century society as well.'Social History
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Why was Louis XIV successful in pacifying the same aristocrats who had caused so much trouble for Richelieu and Mazarin? What role did absolutism play in reinforming or changing the traditional social system in seventeenth-century France? Here Professor Beik argues that the answers to these questions lie in the relationship between the regional aristocracy and the crown.
Main Description
Why was Louis XIV successful in pacifying the same aristocrats who had been troublesome for Richelieu and Mazarin? What role did absolutism play in reinforcing or changing the traditional social system in seventeenth-century France? This analysis of the provincial reality of absolutism argues that the answers to these questions lie in the relationship between the regional aristocracy and the crown. Starting with a critical examination of current approaches to state and society by institutional, social "Annales," and Marxist historians, the author calls for a new class analysis based on the findings of all these schools.
Main Description
Why was Louis XIV successful in pacifying the same aristocrats who had caused so much trouble for Richelieu and Mazarin? What role did absolutism play in reinforming or changing the traditional social system in seventeenth-century France? In this analysis of the provincial reality of absolutism, Professor Beik argues that the answers to these questions lie in the relationship between the regional aristocracy and the crown. Starting with a critical examination of current approaches to state and society by institutional, social , 'Annales', and Marxist historians, he calls for a new class analysis based on the findings of all these schools. This is the first appearance as a paperback of Professor Beik's book, which won the 1986 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize awarded by the American historical Association for the year's outstanding work in European history.
Table of Contents
List of tables
List of figures
Preface
List of abbreviations
Map
Introduction
Absolutism and class
Languedoc and its rulers
The Distribution of Authority
Urban setting and local authorities
The sovereign courts: a provincial perspective
The royal agents: a national linkage
The Estates: central bargaining place
The province on its own
Contradictory aspirations and practical problems
The inadequacy of authority
The prospects for provincial solidarity
The province and the crown
Channels of personal influence
Tax flows and society
Collaborating with the king: positive results and fulfiled ambitions
Basking in the sun: the triumph of authority and hierarchy
Conclusion
Appendix
Select bibliography
Index
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