Crisis and revolution: state failure and the origins of the French revolution

Campbell, Peter (2012) Crisis and revolution: state failure and the origins of the French revolution. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (Submitted)

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An interpretation of the origins of the French Revolution that stresses state failure in terms of the nature of the state, its processes of political management, and the initially old style nature of the crisis. The model is of a dynamic process. In the light of new work it redefines the state in this period. It then redefes 'crisis' not as a precipitant of (a reified) revolution but as a widening circle of complexities that draws in new groups and becomes increasingly difficult to manage, offers a way into the processes by which strategies change and choices are made. The 'moment of choice' in which new strategies now seem appropriate, is rather late for most. Far from ignoring cultural historical approaches, the analystical narrative seeks to argue that the broad generalisations of cultural history need to be refined by relating them more precisely to which groups at which times, in a rapidly evolving situation in which ideas and strategies change over the space of two years. In this respect it offers a new model of the origins of this revolution that may be applicable to others.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Depositing User: Peter Campbell
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 10:52
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 11:11
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