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ISBN-13: 978-0631211969 ISBN-10: 0631211969 Edition: 1st English

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"This volume, which includes a helpful chronological table and glossary, will be the standard history of France for years to come. The Ancien Regime is definitely the richest and most satisfying account of the political history of Bourbon France available in English." Reviews in History

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st English edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631211969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631211969
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Fitts Jr. on March 1, 2013
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Truly excellent history of pre-revolutionary France from the end of Henry IV’s reign through the reign of Louis XV. Thorough, eloquent, and insightful, yet not for those looking for a simple overview of the time: This is serious scholarship - 600 pages and occasionally detailed to the point of perhaps being interesting only to a professor . All in all a really excellent work and one of the very best history books I’ve ever read, but heavy lifting for sure.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Fields on May 5, 2009
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History should, first, be a story that is interesting and informative, especially when it involves such a vibrant and exciting era as the Ancien Regime.

This book fails at the basics of creating an readable, organized, engaging history, and - rather - bogs the reader down with needless detail while omitting necessary background information. There are numerous blatant and distracting errors (despite the author's generally excellent scholarship) and at least one major conclusion is clearly erroneous (the author finds the ultimate effect of John Law's bank and the South Sea Bubble on the economy to be positive - for a really insightful view into this event, see Charles Mackay's, "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds").

There was a single apparent bright spot in the book - the actual quote of Louis XIV speaking to the 5 year old Louis XV on his deathbed - and the source of that, putatively authoritative, quote is not even documented, and is therefore useless.

This book is actually harmful, in that it discourages the reader from actually learning about an important and exciting era in western history, while offering little of value in return.
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8 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
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WE NEED MORE BOOKS ON FRENCH HISTORY!!!! JUST ONE PLAIN BOOK, WITH ALL THE HISTORY OF FRANCE IN IT, WOULD MAKE MY DAY. THANKYOU.
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6 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Terry Elkington on January 21, 2000
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Why is there no one single illustrated book dedicated to the Kings/Queens of France? What a shame that the Royal family of France cannot be portrayed in a positive light.
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