- A comprehensive guide to the history and interpretation of Ancien Régime Europe, with over thirty contributions from an international team of leading scholars
- Looks at the main features of the Ancien Régime, how they worked, how old they were, how far they stretched, and how dynamic and inert they were
- Assesses both older and more recent areas of research
- Provides the ideal overview of the field and the ways in which it is developing
In The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Régime, an international team of 30 contributors surveys and presents current thinking about the world of pre-revolutionary France and Europe.
The idea of the Ancien Régime was invented by the French revolutionaries to define what they hoped to destroy and replace. But it was not a precise definition, and although historians have found it conceptually useful, there is wide disagreement about what the Ancien Régime's main features were, how they worked, how old they were, how far they stretched, how dynamic or inert they were, and how far the revolutionaries succeeded in their ambitions to eradicate them.
In this wide-ranging and authoritative collection, old and newer areas of research into the Ancien Régime are presented and assessed, and there has been no attempt to impose any sort of consensus. The result shows what a lively field of historical enquiry the Ancien Régime remains, and points the way towards a range of promising new directions for thinking and writing about the intriguing complex of historical problems which it continues to pose.
The fifth volume of The Oxford History of Historical Writing offers essays by leading scholars on the writing of history globally since 1945. Divided into two parts, part one selects and surveys theoretical and interdisciplinary ...
- Includes new essays by an international team of leading scholars - Uniquely detailed cross-cultural overview of historical writing - Thematic chapters on the connection of history with inscriptions, philosophy, and empire facilitate cross-cultural compaisons, ...