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    Franklin L. Ford(Author)

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  • Franklin L. Ford(Author)
  • Harper & Row, Publishers (1953)
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  • By Michael K. Smith on January 27, 2015

    As every student of French history knows, Louis XIV did a number on the aristocracy of his day, eventually making them totally reliant on his court at Versailles. A comte who stayed at home on his estates was theoretically free, but he was also indigent and had no power or authority whatever. Louis made the kingship the French font of all subsidiary power. The aristocratic class attempted a comeback after he died, and while they never were able to return to their previous heights, they were sufficiently successful as to make the Revolution inevitable a century later. The aristocracy turned out to be strong enough to prevent even gradual social and political reforms, as increasingly demanded by the French people, but not strong enough to survive the volcanic explosion that resulted. Ford calls this attempt to return to feudalism the "dynamics of obstruction" and he examines its workings in detail, relying mostly on the public records, the family papers, and the memoirs and correspondence of the ancien régime, a surprising amount of which has survived -- especially for the Robe family, which he takes as his principal example. The process of aristocratic retrenchment, he says, had pretty much accomplished all it was going to by the end of the War of the Austrian Succession in 1748. For the next forty years, it was a matter of simply hanging on to what they had more and more tightly. But, of course, it wasn't enough.The author's style is clear and straightforward, but some background in the history of 18th century France is necessary for context. A lengthy bibliographical essay will steer the student to further research.

  • By Anonymous1 on October 8, 2017

    It is one of the best works of historiography I have ever read.


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