Before the Deluge : Public Debt, Inequality, and the Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution (Paperback)

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""Before the Deluge" could be a paradigm-shifting book for the history of eighteenth-century political thought. Sonenscher''s knowledge of the subject is amazing. Highly original in its arguments, the book is also unusually ambitious in the way it links history to current issues."--Keith Michael Baker, Stanford University"Michael Sonenscher''s clear, lean, and jargon-free history of eighteenth-century France''s coming to terms with the crisis of modernity is important, erudite, and imaginatively conceived. His consideration of what in less able hands would be an almost impossibly daunting array of prominent and lesser-known political thinkers is the product of deep immersion in the sources and of a considered reflection on the modern historiographical tradition of the French Revolution. Complex and multilayered, this book asks for and richly rewards careful study. This is the way intellectual history should be written."--E. J. Hundert, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia


Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780691143262
SKU 211288241
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0691143269
Release Date 8/1/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0432
Publisher Princeton University Press
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