Class and State in Ancien Regime France: The Road to Modernity?, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Class and State in Ancien Regime France

The Road to Modernity?, 1st Edition

By David Parker


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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.


'A valuable synthesis of recent work on seventeenth-century France.' - - David Hardman,Times Literary Supplement

'…very readable and impressive book.' - Donald Lowndes Sanderson, Socialist History Reviews UL

'Challenging, meaningful and immensely interesting … Parker has given us a better understanding of French society.' - William Beik, Koninklijke Brill NV, 2001

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