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Overture to Revolution

The 1787 Assembly of Notables and the Crisis of France's Old Regime

John Hardman

  • A clear analytical narrative of the seminal French Assembly of Notables of 1787 - overture to the Revolution of 1789
  • Integrates into one account the various facets of the assembly that are often considered in isolation, including the role of the king, the royal council, the Notables, Baron Necker, and the public
  • Introduces and contextualizes the main characters in this complex historical drama
  • Careful explanation of the complicated ancien regime institutions that formed a backdrop to the assembly
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