Rethinking the origins of the French Revolution

Campbell, Peter (2013) Rethinking the origins of the French Revolution. In: McPhee, Peter (ed.) A companion to the French Revolution. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 3-23. ISBN 9781444335644

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Abstract

This long chapter considers the evolution of the debate on the origins of the French Revolution in the last fifty years. The debate proceeded by a series of redefinitions of key terms in the light of criticism and research. Such terms were 'capitalism', 'bourgeoisie', 'nobility', 'Enlightenment', 'revolution'. Notions of discourse and political culture from the 1970s and 1980s shifted the ground for debate. This chapter further argues, based on the author's research, that the notion of crisis and the redefinition of the early modern French state, are keys to further understanding of the inception of the revolutionary process.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Depositing User: Peter Campbell
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 12:48
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2013 12:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43667

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