Old Regime and Revolutionary France, ca. 1650-1800 - Perl-Rosenthal

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Nathan Perl-Rosenthal


  • Bloch, French Rural History
  • Doyle, Origins of the French Revolution
  • Doyle, Oxford History of the French Revolution
  • Woloch, Eighteenth-Century Europe: Tradition and Progress

Old Regime

1. Rural economy and society

  • Flynn, European Demographic System
  • Goubert, French Peasantry in the 17th C.
  • Root, Peasants and King in Burgundy

2. Urban life and the growth of commercial society

  • Sonenscher, Work and Wages
  • Roche, The People of Paris
  • Miller, Mastering the Market

3. The French colonial system under the Old Regime

  • McClellan, Colonialism and Science: St Domingue in the Old Regime
  • King, Blue Coat or Powdered Wig
  • Choquette, Frenchmen into Peasants

4. Religion, nation, nationalism

  • Bell, Cult of the Nation
  • Merrick, Desacralization of the French Monarchy
  • McManners, Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France
  • Tackett, Priest and Parish

5. Political thought and the absolute state

  • Burke, Fabrication of Louis XIV
  • Mousnier, Les institutions de la France sous l’ancien regime
  • Beik, Absolutism and Society
  • Kwass, Privilege and the Politics of Taxation
  • Blanning, Power of Culture and the Culture of Power

6. Enlightenment and the public sphere, at home and abroad

  • Roche, France in the Enlightenment
  • Hesse, The Other Enlightenment
  • Israel, Radical Enlightenment
  • Jacob, Radical Enlightenment
  • Darnton, Great Cat Massacre
  • Maza, Private Lives and Public Affairs
  • Bell, Lawyers and Citizens
  • Sepinwall, Abbe Gregoire and the French Revolution
  • Wright, A Classical Republican in Eighteenth-C. France: Mably


7. The Revolution: origins

  • Darnton, Forbidden Bestsellers
  • Chartier, Cultural Origins
  • Furet, Penser la Révolution française
  • Hobsbawm, Echoes of the Marseillaise
  • Tackett, Becoming a Revolutionary
  • Lefebvre review of Labrousse, Crise de l’economie francaise
  • Lefebvre, Coming of the FR

8. Revolutionary political ideology: constitutional monarchy to Jacobin Republic

  • Baker, Inventing the FR
  • Sonenscher, ed., Sieyès: Political Writings
  • Sewell, A Rhetoric of Bourgeois Revolution
  • Gauchet, La Revolution des droits de l’homme
  • Furet and Ozouf, eds., Dictionnaire critique: idees
  • Walzer, Regicide and Revolution

9. The Revolution and commercial society

  • Sewell, Work and Revolution in France
  • Kaplan, La fin des corporations
  • Rothschild, Economic Sentiments
  • Paul Cheney, “The History and Science of Commerce in the Century of Enlightenment”
  • John Shovlin, “Luxury, Political Economy, and the Rise of Commercial Society”

10. The Revolution and the countryside

  • Lefebvre, The Great Fear
  • Jones, Peasantry and the French Revolution
  • Markhoff articles (x2)
  • Crubaugh, Balancing the Scales of Justice

11. Revolution at home, revolution abroad: “expansion” and resistance

  • Blanning, The French Revolution in Germany
  • Godechot, La grande nation
  • Schama, Patriots and Liberators
  • Polasky, Revolution in Brussels
  • Elliott, Partners in Revolution: The United Irishmen and France
  • Palmer, Age of the Democratic Revolution
  • McMahon, Enemies of Enlightenment

12. Colonies in Revolution

  • Dubois, Avengers of the New World
  • Dubois, Colony of Citizens
  • Geggus, Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World
  • Fick, Making of Haiti
  • Geggus, Slavery, War and Revolution
  • Geggus, Haitian Revolutionary Studies

13. Terror and violence: Revolution gone awry?

  • Dupuy, Chouans
  • Sutherland and Le Goff, “Social Origins”
  • Andress, The Terror
  • Brown, Ending the French Revolution
  • Palmer, Twelve Who Ruled
  • Soboul, The Parisian Sans-Culottes
  • Higonnet, Goodness Beyond Virtue
  • Gough, Terror in the FR
  • Martin, La Vendee et la France

14. The Directory: ending the Revolution?

  • Godechot, Institutions de la France sous la RF…
  • Woloch, Jacobin Legacy
  • Woloch, The New Regime
  • Belissa, Repenser l’ordre europeen