Bibliography: Old Regime and Revolutionary France


  • Briggs, Robin. Early Modern France, 1560-1715. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Doyle, William. France and the Age of Revolution Regimes Old and New from Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte. London: I B Tauris & Co Ltd, 2013.
  • Doyle, William. Old Regime France, 1648-1788. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Furet, François. Revolutionary France, 1770-1880. Oxford: Blackwell, 1992.
  • Lefebvre, Georges. The French Revolution. London: Routledge and K. Paul, 1962.
  • Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel. The Ancien Régime: A History of France, 1610-1774. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
  • Roche, Daniel. France in the Enlightenment. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de. The Old Régime and the French Revolution. Garden City: Doubleday, 1955.


Culture and Society

  • Cassirer, Ernst. The Philosophy of the Enlightenment. Boston: Beacon Press, 1955.
  • Chartier, Roger. The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution. Durham: Duke University Press, 1991.
  • Crow, Thomas E. Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Paris. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.
  • Darnton, Robert. The Literary Underground of the Old Regime. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982.
  • Gay, Peter. The Enlightenment: An Interpretation. New York: Knopf, 1966.
  • Goodman, Dena. The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.
  • Gordon, Daniel. Citizens Without Sovereignty: Equality and Sociability in French Thought, 1670-1789. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.
  • Jones, Peter M. The Peasantry in the French Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
  • Pardailhé-Galabrun, Annik. The Birth of Intimacy: Privacy and Domestic Life in Early Modern Paris. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.
  • Roche, Daniel. The People of Paris: An Essay in Popular Culture in the 18th Century. Leamington Spa: Berg, 1987.
  • Sewell, William Hamilton. Work and Revolution in France: The Language of Labor from the Old Regime to 1848. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980.



  • Bosher, J. F. French Finances 1770-1795: From Business to Bureaucracy. Cambridge: University Press, 1970.
  • Goubert, Pierre. The French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
  • Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel. The Peasants of Languedoc. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1974.



  • Aston, Nigel. Religion and Revolution in France, 1780-1804. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2000.
  • McManners, John. Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998.
  • Shusterman, Noah. Religion and the Politics of Time: Holidays in France from Louis XIV Through Napoleon. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2010.
  • Van Kley, Dale K. The Religious Origins of the French Revolution: From Calvin to the Civil Constitution, 1560-1791. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.


Revolution and French Culture

  • Baker, Keith Michael. Inventing the French Revolution: Essays on French Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • Baker, Keith Michael, Colin Lucas, François Furet, and Mona Ozouf. The French Revolution and the Creation of Modern Political Culture. 4 vols. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1987-1994.
  • Edelstein, Dan. The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • Hesse, Carla Alison. Publishing and Cultural Politics in Revolutionary Paris, 1789-1810. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.
  • Hunt, Lynn. Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.


The State and Politics

  • Beik, William. Absolutism and Society in Seventeenth-Century France: State Power and Provincial Aristocracy in Languedoc. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
  • Campbell, Peter Robert. Power and Politics in Old Regime France: 1720-1745. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1996.
  • Collins, James B. The State in Early Modern France. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Hardman, John. French Politics, 1774-1789: From the Accession of Louis XVI to the Fall of the Bastille. London: Longman, 1995.
  • Mousnier, Roland. The Institutions of France Under the Absolute Monarchy, 1598-1789. 2 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979-84.
  • Sturdy, D. J. Louis XIV. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.
  • Wolf, John B. Louis XIV. New York: Norton, 1968.


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