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From Deficit to Deluge: The Origins of the French Revolution

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From Deficit to Deluge takes stock of shifts in scholarly investigation of the origins of French Revolution. During the last decade, scholars have moved beyond "revisionist" historians of the 1970s, who highlighted the monarchy's degeneration into despotism, to explore related conflicts in the realms of finance, social relations, religion, diplomacy, the Enlightenment, and colonial policy. In this book, seven established authorities explore some of these critical intersections, and together they make clear the role that unresolved tensions in these realms played in the essentially political narrative told by post-Marxian revisionist historiography.

While each chapter of From Deficit to Deluge focuses upon one site of contention—fiscal, social, religious, diplomatic, ideological, and colonial—they all help to explain how long-standing structural problems of the Old Regime caused a fairly "normal" fiscal crisis to metastasize into a revolution. As the editors show in their introduction and conclusion, the growing democratization of politics sparked by the monarchy's clumsy efforts to solve the fiscal crisis put these wide-ranging problems at the epicenter of political debate, thereby sapping the foundations of royal authority and the social hierarchy.

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Seven authorities in their respective fields come together to offer a new interpretation of the French Revolution: they show how the French monarchy's clumsy efforts to solve a fiscal crisis politicized long-standing structural problems, metastasizing an apparently fairly "normal" fiscal crisis into a revolution.

About the Author

Thomas E. Kaiser is Professor of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dale K. Van Kley is Professor of Early Modern European History at The Ohio State University.

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ISBN:
9780804772815
Author:
Kaiser, Thomas E.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Kley, Dale van
Author:
Kaiser, Thomas
Author:
Thomas, Kaiser
Author:
Van Kley, Dale
Author:
Dale, Van Kley
Subject:
France
Subject:
World History-France
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
The Origins of the F
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Europe » France » General
History and Social Science » World History » France » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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