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Before the Deluge:
Public Debt, Inequality, and the Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution
Michael Sonenscher

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ix
INTRODUCTION 1

Chapter 1: Facing the Future 22
Three Descriptions of the French Revolution 22
The Terror and Its Causes 34
Balanced Government and the English Constitution 41
England's Future in a French Context 52
Sieyès and His Contemporaries 67
True Monarchy, or the Idea of a Modern Republic 75

Chapter 2: Montesquieu and the Idea of Monarchy 95
The Troglodytes and the Morality of Monarchy 95
Law's System, the Abbé de Saint-Pierre, and the Grand Design 108
From The Persian Letters to The Spirit of Laws 121
The Inheritance of Property and the Inheritance of Thrones 131
The Problem of Sovereignty and the Nature of Monarchy 149
Jansenism 153
Fénelon and His Legacy 159
Trade, the System of Ranks, and the Alternative to Public Credit 166

Chapter 3: Morality and Politics in a Divided World 173
Montesquieu's Legacy 173
François Véron de Forbonnais and the Limits of Trade 179
Physiocracy, or The Natural and Essential Order of Political Societies 189
From Friendship to Mankind to Political Economy 199
Rousseau and Physiocracy 222
Rousseau and Mably 239

Chapter 4: Industry and Representative Government 254
Agriculture, Industry, and Inequality 254
Helvétius 266
Turgot 281
Chastellux 290
Jacques Necker and Burke's Paradox 302
Joseph Fauchet and Pierre-Paul Gudin de la Brenellerie 311
Pierre-Louis Roederer 322
Jean-Baptiste Say 334

CONCLUSION 349
BIBLIOGRAPHY 373
INDEX 403

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