Provincial Power and Absolute Monarchy: The Estates General of Burgundy, 1661-1790

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September 2003



Julian Swann analyzes the organization, membership and powers of the Estates General of Burgundy during the classic period of absolute monarchy. Swann explores the activities of their administration and their struggles for power with rival institutions as well as their relationships with the crown and with the Burgundian people. His study reveals much about the government of Louis XIV, the history of Burgundy and the wider political history of eighteenth-century France, including the origins of the French Revolution.


List of illustrations; List of figures; List of appendices; List of map; Preface; List of abbreviations; Map: the duchy of Burgundy in the eighteenth century; 1. Historians, absolute monarchy and the provincial estates; 2. Ancien regime Burgundy; 3. The Estates General of Burgundy; 4. Nosseigneurs les elus and the officers of the Estates; 5. The provincial administration: authority and enforcement; 6. 'It's raining taxes': paying for the Sun King, 1661-1715; 7. Provincial administration in an age of iron, 1661-1715; 8. The limits of absolutism: crown, governor and the Estates in the eighteenth century; 9. Provincial rivalries: the Estates and the Parlement of Dijon in the eighteenth century; 10. Tax, borrow and lend: crown, Estates and finance, 1715-1789; 11. An enlightened administration?; 12. The coming of the French revolution in Burgundy, 1787-1789; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.


Julian Swann is Lecturer in Early Modern European History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Politics and the Parlements of Paris under Louis XV, 1754-1774 (1995).


'Based upon sound statistical evidence and thorough archival research, this is a tightly written examination ... which is unlikely to be superseded in this generation.' History 'Based on careful archival research, gracefully written, and cogently argued, Swann's book is a welcome addition to the literature on the role of institutions in the old regime and the coming of the French Revolution. Those who wish to gain a better understanding of the often obscure mechanisms of power in eighteenth-century France will find this book well worth reading.' European History Quarterly
EAN: 9780521827676
ISBN: 0521827671
Untertitel: 'New Studies in European Histor'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 460 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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