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Old Regime France: 1648-1788 (Short Oxford History of France) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0198731290
ISBN-10: 0198731299
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William Doyle has been Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol since 1986, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He is author of Origins of the French Revolution (3rd edition, 1999), The Oxford History of the French Revolution (1989), Venality. The Sale of Offices in eighteenth century France (1996), and Jansenism (2000).
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Product Details

  • Series: Short Oxford History of France
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198731299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198731290
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work is part of a series on France, and part of a series on major European nations. It would seem to be aimed at the undergraduate, yet avoids being pedantic. As an avid armchair historian, I found this work, like the others in the series, to be engaging, highly readable, with only a minimum of the too common judgemental hindsight one finds in current scholarship. While written by multiple authors, each have read the others sections, keeping ommissions and repetitions to a blissful minomum. The introduction and conclusion are written by the primary author, and a useful appendix consisting of maps, chronology, and an indicative "further reading" section. Because of the editorial oversight, it reads as a coherent work. Not strictly a narrative of political events, it provides a much broader feel of what it meant to be living in that period, which I find prefereable over the "and then this happenned" series of linear political and military events.

If you're starting from scratch, I'd recommend perusing a broader survey first, like the The Cambridge Illustrated History of France for overall context first. For those that prefer detailed narratives that read like a novel, pick up Nancy Mitford's The Sun King. Overall, this Goldilocks found this book to be just right!
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From what I have read, this volume by Doyle is a worthy companion to this excellent series regarding French history, from the early Medieval period to 2002.
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