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France before 1789

The Unraveling of an Absolutist Regime

Jon Elster



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Princeton University Press
25 August 2020
A masterful new account of old regime France by one of the world's most prominent political philosophers France before 1789 traces the historical origins of France's National Constituent Assembly of 1789, providing a vivid portrait of the ancien regime and its complex social system in the decades before the French Revolution. Jon Elster writes i
By:   Jon Elster
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9780691149813
ISBN 10:   069114981X
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   25 August 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jon Elster is the Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Science at Columbia University and honorary professor at the College de France. His many books include Securities against Misrule: Juries, Assemblies, Elections; Alexis de Tocqueville: The First Social Scientist; and Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality. He lives in Oslo, Norway.

Reviews for France before 1789: The Unraveling of an Absolutist Regime

[Jon Elster] has managed to plumb the depths of archives and combine that with his penetrating insight into human behaviour. The result is a very different picture of the motivations for the revolution instead of the usual 'let them eat cake' variety of history. ---Siddharth Singh, Open Magazine

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