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Overture to RevolutionThe 1787 Assembly of Notables and the Crisis of France's Old Regime$
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John Hardman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585779.001.0001

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The Easter Crisis

The Easter Crisis

(p.199) 7 The Easter Crisis
Overture to Revolution

John Hardman

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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

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