The Easter Crisis

John Hardman

in Overture to Revolution

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585779
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595325 | DOI:
The Easter Crisis

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This chapter analyses the dramatic dénouement of Calonne's career. In a desperate attempt to put pressure on the Notables, he published his reforms and ordered the mass distribution of the preface, known as the Avertissement. The Notables took this as an ‘appeal to the people’ against them and resolved not just to defeat Calonne's programme but bring about his downfall. But he still enjoyed the king's confidence and in the last days of his ministry he presented the king with proposals for a unified ministry and treasury which would have made him an English-style premier. Finally Louis, panicked by a credit crisis, dismissed Calonne and attempted to salvage his programme by appointing his elderly collaborator, Bouvard de Fourqueux, as finance minister.

Keywords: Avertissement; Bouvard; dénouement; king; treasury

Chapter.  13171 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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