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Eighteenth Century (National History of France)

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Stryienski's exploration of France's history in the eighteenth century is a comprehensive and detailed account of the political, social, and cultural developments during this important period. Through meticulous research and analysis, the author provides a richly textured narrative that offers valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs of the French nation during this era.

One of the standout features of the book is its focus on the diverse range of forces that shaped France in the eighteenth century, from the grand ideas of the Enlightenment to the gritty realities of everyday life. Stryienski skillfully weaves together the threads of political intrigue, economic advancement, and cultural transformation to create a nuanced portrait of French society in this pivotal time.

Furthermore, the author's writing style is accessible and engaging, making this scholarly work a pleasure to read for both academics and general readers interested in French history. The inclusion of maps, illustrations, and primary source documents adds depth and context to the narrative, enhancing the reader's understanding of the complex events and personalities that shaped France during the eighteenth century.

Overall, Eighteenth Century (National History of France) by Casimir Stryienski is a valuable contribution to the study of French history, offering a comprehensive and insightful examination of a critical period in the nation's past. Highly recommended for anyone interested in delving into the complexities of eighteenth-century France.

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This panoramic history of the last days of Bourbon France opens with the death of Louis XIV in 1715 and the minority of the ill-educated, Louis XV. The financial genius, John Law, precipitates a market bubble, with speculators frantic to buy and sell shares. The King, indolent and sensual, is content to leave the government to his cardinals and his mistresses. Meanwhile, France loses India and North America in the Seven Years' War. In 1774, Louis XVI succeeds his grandfather. Well-intentioned, but ineffectual, he falls under the sway of Marie-Antoinette and her favorites, so that when at last competent ministers are found to confront France's problems, it is too late.

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