The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Régime by
Publication Date: 2012
In The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Regime, an international team of 30 contributors surveys and presents current thinking about the world of pre-revolutionary France and Europe. The idea of the Ancien Regime was invented by the French revolutionaries to define what they hoped to destroy and replace. But it was not a precise definition, and although historians have found it conceptually useful, there is wide disagreement about what the Ancien Regime's main features were, howthey worked, how old they were, how far they stretched, how dynamic or inert they were, and how far the revolutionaries succeeded in their ambitions to eradicate them.