Chapter Twenty-One. France

  1. Peter H. Wilson
  1. Michael Rapport Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303032.ch21

A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe

A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe

How to Cite

Rapport, M. (2008) France, in A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe (ed P. H. Wilson), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303032.ch21

Editor Information

  1. G. F. Grant Professor of History, University of Hull, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Stirling, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 9 MAY 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405139472

Online ISBN: 9781444303032

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Keywords:

  • revolutionary discussions on reshaping of France;
  • absolute monarchy;
  • most prestigious and most powerful - the parlement of Paris;
  • royal edicts registered by parlements before becoming legal - supreme courts as depositories of law;
  • France as a Great Power, 1715–1789 – continental commitments and global ambition;
  • renewal of Franco-Spanish “Family Compact”;
  • politics and Jansenist controversy;
  • public opinion and collapse of absolute monarchy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining “France”

  • Interpretations

  • The Absolute Monarchy

  • France as a Great Power, 1715–1789: Continental Commitments and Global Ambition

  • Politics and the Jansenist Controversy

  • Politics and Finance

  • Public Opinion and the Collapse of the Absolute Monarchy

  • Bibliography