Great Nation France from Louis XV to Napoleon

ISBN-10: 0140130934
ISBN-13: 9780140130935
Edition: 2003
Authors: Colin Jones
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Description: This volume explores the story of how the confident and secure monarchy that Louis XIV left to his successors in 1715 became the discredited, debt-ridden failure toppled by revolution in 1789.

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

This volume explores the story of how the confident and secure monarchy that Louis XIV left to his successors in 1715 became the discredited, debt-ridden failure toppled by revolution in 1789.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Maps
France in 1715: The King's Leg and the Choreography of Power
The Mythic Present of the Sun King
The Bourbon Polity
The King's Nobility
Absolutism under Pressure
The Dreaded Regency
Negotiating Stormy Weather: The Regency and the Advent of Fleury (1715-26)
Hope beyond Sunset
The Polysynody Experiment
Princes, Dukes and Magistrates: A New Fronde?
The Financial and Economic Context of the Regency
A Scottish Wizard in a Land of Troubles
The Childhood of Louis XV: Six Funerals and a Wedding
Fleury's France (1726-43)
Hercules on a Tightrope
Tridentine Themes ...
... and Jansenist Variations
The King's Information: News, Views, Secrets, Lies
The Wilting Cardinal
Unsuspected Golden Years (1743-56)
Herod 'the Well-Beloved'?
The Balance of Power and the Globalization of Warfare
Flexing the Sinews of War
Vital Signs in Rural France
Health and Wealth by Stealth
An Enlightening Age
The Moment of the Encyclopedie
Points of Light
Civilised Man, Natural Woman
Re-enchanting a Disenchanted World
The Contested Politics of the Public Sphere
Forestalling Deluge (1756-70)
Damiens's Epiphany
Things Fall Apart: The Seven Years War
Choiseulian Scapegoats: Devots and Jesuits
The Monarchy Retools
Languages of Patriotism: The Judges Judged
From the Brittany Affair to the Maupeou Revolution
The Triumvirate and Its Aftermath (1771-84)
Maupeou's Revolution
The Turgot Experiment
Patriotism al'Americaine
The Price of Patriotism
Figaro's Masters
Bourbon Monarchy on the Rack (1784-8)
Diamonds: Not a Queen's Best Friend
The Appearance of Luxury and the Luxury of Appearances
Silent Revolution in an Age of Noise
The Elusive Public: Financial and Institutional Reform
Revolution in Political Culture (1789-91)
Imagining the Nation, Fearing the Worst
Summer Lightning
The Task of Political Architecture
Demolition Problems
War and Terror (1791-5)
Aux Armes, Citoyens!
Louis Capet Bows Out, Terror Bows In
The Glacial Logic of Republican Unity
Killing Robespierre, Ending Terror
The Unsteady Republic (1795-9)
Shaky Foundations
Revolution: A User's Guide
Economic Fortunes and Misfortunes
Bourgeois Revolutionaries ...
... and their Other(s)
Conclusion: The Brumaire Leviathan and la Grande Nation
Notes
Further Reading
Index

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