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    The State in Early Modern France (New Approaches to European History) (Paperback) By (author) James B. Collins, Series edited by William Beik, Series edited by T. C. W. Blanning, Series edited by Brendan Simms

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    DescriptionThis major new textbook addresses fundamental questions about the nature of the state in early modern Europe through an analysis of the most important continental state, France. Professor Collins abandons the traditional formulation of the absolute monarchy, and presents in its place a state that evolved to meet the needs of the French elites. Collins offers a detailed analysis of French society, to provide the broader context for the development of the French state. The model that emerges from his synthesis is one that relied more on persuasion and congruity of influence than on arbitrary authority, and Collins argues that fundamental changes in French society made the monarchical, ministerial state a dangerous anachronism by the 1750s, leading to political impasse by the second half of the eighteenth century. Collins offers a fundamental reinterpretation of the state relevant to historians and students of political thought.


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    Title
    The State in Early Modern France
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James B. Collins, Series edited by William Beik, Series edited by T. C. W. Blanning, Series edited by Brendan Simms
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 470 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521387248
    ISBN 10: 0521387248
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF, 3JH
    DC20: 944
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 06
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH, 3JF
    DC22: 944.03, 944/.03
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: DC110 .C575 1995
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Illustrations note
    3 maps
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    28 September 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'The reader who savours the full pleasures of this book will be able to feel that he or she, at the end of it all, has a real grasp of both what happened in the old Bourbon state and how it functioned, changed and came apart. One could scarcely ask more of an introductory work; and one can only regret that more supposedly 'introductory' textbooks do not come up to Professor Collins's exacting standards.' French History
    Back cover copy
    This major new textbook addresses fundamental questions about the nature of the state in early modern Europe through an analysis of the most important continental state, France. Professor Collins abandons the traditional formulation of the absolute monarchy, and presents in its place a state that evolved to meet the needs of the French elites.
    Table of contents
    Historical background: the growth of the French state to 1627; 1. The crucible, 1620s-1650s; 2. The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1635-1654; 3. Louis XIV and the creation of the modern state; 4. The debacle; 5. A new France, 1720s-1750s; 6. Reform, renewal, collapse; Chronology of events; Genealogy; Bibliography; Glossary.