Books: Before the Guillotine ; Global Power, Free Debate, Great Shopping - Why Did 18th-Century France Need a Revolution, Asks William Doyle
Doyle, William, The Independent (London, England)
The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon
THE FRENCH did not begin to call themselves the Great Nation until a couple of years before Colin Jones's story ends. But he believes they deserve the name for the whole of the period from the death of Louis XIV to the advent of Napoleon. After all, they inhabited the most extensive, most populous, most prestigious and - he comes close to claiming - most prosperous and successful country in western Europe. So why did they need a revolution?
He seems unsure that they did, and is certain that they neither foresaw nor desired the one they got. …
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Publication information: Article title: Books: Before the Guillotine ; Global Power, Free Debate, Great Shopping - Why Did 18th-Century France Need a Revolution, Asks William Doyle. Contributors: Doyle, William - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 12, 2002. Page number: 41. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.