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Feudalism, Venality, and Revolution: Provincial Assemblies in Late-Old Regime France

Stephen Miller


Feudalism, venality, and revolution is about the political and social order revealed by the monarchy’s most ambitious effort to reform its institutions, the introduction of participatory assemblies at all levels of the government. It should draw the attention of anyone interested in the sort of social and political conditions that predisposed people to make the French Revolution. In particular, according to Alexis de Tocqueville’s influential work on the Old Regime and the French Revolution, royal centralization had so weakened the feudal power of the nobles that their remaining privileges bec ... More

Keywords: feudalism, venality of office, revolution, early modern France, provincial assemblies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526148377
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526148384


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Miller, author
University of Alabama at Birmingham