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France Before the Revolution

2nd Edition

By J. H. Shennan


60 pages

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This fully revised second edition takes account of historical work produced during the last decade. Covering the period between Louis XIV's death in 1715 and the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, it discusses:

* France's accomplishments in international affairs, commercial expansion, and intellectual and artistic life

* the significance of long-term political, social and economic forces in causing the Revolution

* how the changing perception of government, from one of divine-right kingship towards the idea of a national enterprise, ultimately undermined the old regime.


'Shennan's effective and concise account is valuable, and a second edition most useful.' - Jeremy Black, The Historical Association

Of the first edition: `Shennan's book is an excellent introduction … the language is clear and readable and explanations, though scholarly, are easily inderstood.' - D. Macintyre, Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow

`Ideally suited for revision.' - B.S. Jackson, Silcoates School, Wakefield

About the Author

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University

About the Series

Lancaster Pamphlets

Lancaster Pamphlets provide a concise and up-to-date analysis of major historical topics covered by both the main A-Level syllabuses and by introductory courses in higher education. Lancaster Pamphlets is a series initiated and edited by the history department at Lancaster University.
Each pamphlet:
* provides an authoritative introduction to the topic
* brings the central themes and problems into sharper focus
* incorporates traditional and revisionist approaches
* uses the most recent research to stimulate critical thought and interpretation

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General