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France before 1789: The Unraveling of an Absolutist Regime

Jon Elster


This book traces the historical origins of France's National Constituent Assembly of 1789, providing a vivid portrait of the ancien régime and its complex social system in the decades before the French Revolution. The book's author writes in the spirit of Alexis de Tocqueville, who described this tumultuous era with an eye toward individual and group psychology and the functioning of institutions. Whereas Tocqueville saw the old regime as a breeding ground for revolution, the author, more specifically, identifies the rural and urban conflicts that fueled the constitution-making process from 17 ... More

Keywords: France, National Constituent Assembly, ancien regime, constitution-making process, constitution making, eighteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691149813
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Elster, author
Columbia University