Synopses & Reviews
Published in 1986 as one of the first titles in the Studies in European History
series, this essay quickly established itself as the most concise and accessible guide to the meanings and hidden complexities of an apparently straightforward historical category, both in the history of France and Europe as a whole. A second edition now incorporates material which has widened and advanced the historical debate in the intervening years, and includes a completely revised and expanded bibliography.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 52-61) and index.
About the Author
William Doyle is Professor of History at the University of Bristol and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Table of Contents
Preface * Part I: Evolution of an Idea 1789-1914
* Initial Definitions * The Polarisation of Opinion * Towards Scholarly Analysis * Part II: Anciens Regimes
* Political * Social * Economic * Cultural * European * Part III: The Limits of the Ancien Regime
* Beginnings * Endings