A Companion to the French Revolution by Peter McPhee

By Peter McPhee

A significant other to the French Revolution includes twenty-nine newly-written essays reassessing the origins, improvement, and impression of this nice turning-point in glossy history.
• Examines the origins, improvement and influence of the French Revolution
• gains unique contributions from prime historians, together with six essays translated from French.
• offers a wide-ranging assessment of present historic debates at the revolution and destiny instructions in scholarship
• offers both thorough remedy to either factors and results of the French Revolution

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In that process the internal contradictions of the regime, the nature of the crisis, failures of political management, and long-term fiscal and institutional problems played by far the greater role. In that sense the origins of the Revolution were specifically French. But what does it mean to say specifically French in an age of international commerce of goods and ideas? The “Atlantic revolution” theory is another unresolved area for debate. A generation after Palmer wrote, sociologists, influenced by the rise of a notion of political culture and a comparative methodology, finally moved away from their essentially social view of revolution.

Moreover the pre-revolutionary noble involvement in manufacturing and investment in production did not survive the attack on the nobility in the Revolution, while the triumph of proprietary capitalism slowed later growth. The reassessment of feudalism that Cobban had drawn upon had already shown that what the eighteenth century called “feudalism” was merely the vestiges of the practices of the Middle Ages that now served a very different purpose. In fact, the whole system of seigneurial dues and services had long been converted into property rights that could be traded and were certainly exploited for profit by estate owners – be they nobles, rising “bourgeois” rentiers, or even richer peasants – in a system that was becoming slowly more capitalist (though much depended on the region).

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