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Aristocracy and its Enemies in the Age of Revolution

William Doyle


Since time immemorial Europe had been dominated by nobles and nobilities. In the 18th century their power seemed better entrenched than ever. But in 1790 the French revolutionaries made a determined attempt to abolish nobility entirely. ‘Aristocracy’ became the term for everything they were against, and the nobility of France, so recently the most dazzling and sophisticated elite in the European world, found itself persecuted in ways that horrified counterparts in other countries. This book traces the roots of the attack on nobility at this time, looking at intellectual developments over the p ... More

Keywords: aristocracy, nobility, revolution, French Revolution, Napoleon, Bourbons, American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199559855
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Doyle, author
Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol
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