2nd Edition

France Before the Revolution

By J. H. Shennan Copyright 1995
    60 Pages
    by Routledge

    60 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 The old order; Chapter 3 Problems solved and unresolved: the eighteenth-century balance sheet; Chapter 4 France’s cultural and intellectual influence; Chapter 5 The coming of the Revolution;


    Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University

    '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