Chapter

Provincial Assemblies

John Hardman

in Overture to Revolution

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585779
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585779.003.0005
Provincial Assemblies

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From about 1750 the theoretically absolute monarchy considered ways of devolving certain matters to regional bodies. The paradox can be resolved by saying that the crown was seeking to enlist on its side a vast body of public opinion which hitherto had had no institutional voice. Calonne's was the most systematic attempt to create assemblies in all the provinces which had not retained their own local estates. Though approving the measure in principle, the Notables wanted membership to be based on the three orders of the kingdom rather than mere possession of landed income as Calonne stipulated. They also (wrongly) believed that the assemblies would be in the pocket of the crown's main agent in the province, the Intendant.

Keywords: Calonne; orders; intendant; provincial assemblies

Chapter.  12023 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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