By Michael Sonenscher
Ever because the French Revolution, Madame de Pompadour's remark, "Après moi, le déluge" (after me, the deluge), has gave the look of a callous if actual prophecy of the political cataclysms that all started in 1789. yet a long time prior to the Bastille fell, French writers had used the word to explain a unique type of egocentric recklessness--not towards the flood of revolution yet, particularly, towards the flood of public debt. In Before the Deluge, Michael Sonenscher examines those fears and the responses to them, and the result's not anything under a brand new mind set concerning the highbrow origins of the French Revolution.
during this nightmare imaginative and prescient of the longer term, many prerevolutionary observers estimated that the pressures generated through sleek conflict finance could trigger a series of debt defaults that may both ruin tested political orders or reason a surprising lurch into despotic rule. Nor was once it transparent that constitutional executive might continue this risk at bay. Constitutional govt may make public credits safer, yet public credits may well undermine constitutional govt itself.
Before the Deluge examines how this obstacle gave upward thrust to a frequent eighteenth-century curiosity in knowing the best way to determine and continue consultant governments in a position to notice the promise of public credits whereas keeping off its peril. through doing so, the e-book throws new gentle on a missed point of recent political concept and at the French Revolution.
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Before the Deluge: Public Debt, Inequality, and the Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution by Michael Sonenscher