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Overture to Revolution: The 1787 Assembly of Notables and the Crisis of France's Old Regime

John Hardman


The Assembly of Notables which met between 22 February and 25 May 1787 was a major turning point in French, even world history: it was the first link in an unbroken chain which led to the French Revolution which itself formed the template for the modern world. The reform programme which finance minister Calonne, with the full backing of Louis XVI, presented to a hand picked Assembly of Notables, had it been accepted, would have transformed France but not in an obvious way. For embedded in the origins of the French Revolution is this double paradox, that a process which ultimately delivered equ ... More

Keywords: Louis XVI, Calonne, French Revolution, equality, liberty, Miromesnil, Castries, Necker, analytical narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199585779
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Hardman, author
Sometime Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex