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    The State in Early Modern France (New Approaches to European History, 5) (Hardback) By (author) James B. Collins


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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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    The State in Early Modern France
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James B. Collins
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 314
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 573 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521382847
    ISBN 10: 052138284X

    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF, 3JH
    DC20: 944
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000, HIS010000
    LC classification: DC110 .C575 1995
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Illustrations note
    3 maps
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    Publication date
    28 September 1995
    Publication City/Country
    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
    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.