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Doyle, William 1942-

Works: 50 works in 483 publications in 6 languages and 20,618 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography‡vDictionaries  Biography  Church history  Juvenile works  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: DC148, 944.04
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Most widely held works by William Doyle
The Oxford history of the French Revolution by William Doyle( Book )

65 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and held by 4,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the French Revolution
Origins of the French revolution by William Doyle( Book )

75 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The revised and updated 3rd edition of the Origins of the French Revolution emphasises the Revolution's social & economic origins & critically appraises the results of a new generation of research findings and interpretation
The French Revolution : a very short introduction by William Doyle( )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and Hebrew and held by 2,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with a discussion of familiar images of the French Revolution, this work looks at how the ancien régime became ancien as well as examining cases in which achievement failed to match ambition
Old Regime France, 1648-1788 by William Doyle( )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book portrays and analyses France between two revolutions, a time later known as the old regime. All aspects of French life are covered: the economy, social development, religion and culture, French activity overseas, and not least politics and public life, where our understanding has been completely renewed over recent years. Bringing together an international panel of historians, this is a compelling analysis of an age behind whose calm and assured facade forces were developing which were to shape a very different country and continent."--Jacket
Aristocracy : a very short introduction by William Doyle( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This engaging introduction shows how ideas of aristocracy originated in ancient times, were transformed in the middle ages, and have only fallen apart over the last two centuries
The old European order, 1660-1800 by William Doyle( Book )

50 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the economic, social, intellectual, and governmental structure and development of Europe in the period which witnessed the beginnings of the contemporary world
Officers, nobles and revolutionaries : essays on eighteenth-century France by William Doyle( )

11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last forty years a once-dominant interpretation of the French revolution has fallen to pieces. Elaborated by generations of distinguished left-wing French historians, this classic version was gradually undermined by the piecemeal criticisms of English-speaking scholars. Many of their doubts, and the controversies which they provoked, appeared in articles scattered over a wide range of learned journals and conference proceedings. This collection brings together the more important contributions of one of the leading British participants in these debates. Some of the essays explore the motivations and achievements of the old monarchy's aristocratic opponents. Others probe the development of venality of offices, one of the old regime's most distinctive institutions. A wide range of revolutionary reforms, their motivations and results, are also examined, and some of the achievements of a generation of revisionism in this field are reviewed. The introduction sets them in the context of the debates to which they contributed, and demonstrates their continued relevance to our understanding of eighteenth-century France
Aristocracy and its enemies in the age of revolution by William Doyle( )

17 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Doyle describes how the French revolutionaries tried to abolish the nobility, analysing the intellectual roots of hostility to nobles, the steps by which revolutionaries turned against aristocracy, the impact of persecution, emigration, confiscation & Terror, & the long-term consequences of these developments for the nobility
The Blackwell dictionary of historians( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ancien regime by William Doyle( Book )

33 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book, now in its second edition, has established itself as the most concise and accessible guide to the meanings and hidden complexities of an apparently straightforward historical term. William Doyle explains how the term originated and developed, as well as discussing why historians continue to find it a useful concept. He demonstrates that there were several such regimes - political, social, economic and cultural - which encompased not only France but in many ways the whole of Europe. This revised and updated edition incorporates material which has widened and advanced recent historical debate, and includes a completely revised and expanded bibliography."--Jacket
Robespierre by Colin Haydon( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two centuries after the French Revolution, Maximilien Robespierre is still regarded as its towering figure. Perceived by some as the champion, indeed the incarnation, of the Revolution's purest and noblest ideals, among others he will always be remembered as the reasoned advocate of the Terror, the defender of mass killing during the Revolution's darkest and most tragic phase. This volume comprises essays by an array of international scholars and examines Robespierre's life and work from three main perspectives: his ideology and vision of the Revolution, his role in the period's tumultous politics, culminating in his year on the Committee of Public Safety in 1793-94, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century representations of the Incorruptible - by historians, dramatists and writers of fiction. This book illuminates many facets of Robespierre's career, thought and reputation, and provides a balanced and up-to-date appraisal of one of the great figures of European history
The Parlement of Bordeaux and the end of the old regime, 1771-1790 by William Doyle( Book )

19 editions published in 1974 in English and Italian and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

France and the age of revolution : regimes old and new from Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte by William Doyle( )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the turmoil and tragedy of the French Revolution to the rise and fall of the enigmatic figure of Napoleon Bonaparte, the history of France between 1789 and 1815 is one of the most enduringly fascinating - and widely-studied - periods of history. In this volume, the renowned historian William Doyle provides a new perspective on several key themes within the history of this period - from the world of the Ancien Regime to the Battle of Waterioo. He sheds new light on the causes of the French Revolution and the impact of the revolution outside France. In taking a fresh look at the Napoleonic Empire, he considers the influences on Napoleon's leadership decisions and the machinations of his court. Written by one of the leading historians of Revolutionary France, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe."--Back cover
Jansenism : Catholic resistance to authority from the Reformation to the French Revolution by William Doyle( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of Jansenism as a religious phenomenon in European life, and yet during the seventeenth century its followers denied its very existence. Jansenism, and the theology of Cornelius Jansen, powerfully infused French political life from the mid-seventeenth century to the Revolution 150 years later. It influenced the Enlightenment, the development of French constitutional thinking, the destruction of the Jesuits, and the modernisation of the Catholic Church." "Professor Doyle has written a book that is invaluable for students of European history. It explains exactly why Jansenism was so important, recreates the religious and intellectual world which fostered it, and examines the critical issues, such as the all-pervasive role of the Jesuits in Catholic life and the importance of the movement in sowing the seeds of resistance to absolute monarchy, which led up to the French Revolution."--Jacket
Venality : the sale of offices in eighteenth-century France by William Doyle( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In ancien regime France almost all posts of public responsibility had to be bought or inherited. Rather than tax their richer subjects directly, French kings preferred to sell them privileged public offices, which further payments allowed them to sell or bequeath at will. By the eighteenth century there were 70,000 venal offices comprising the entire judiciary, most of the legal profession, officers in the army, and a wide range of other professions - from financiers handling the king's revenues down to auctioneers and even wigmakers. Though now yielding diminishing returns to the king, offices were more in demand than ever for the privileges prestige, profit and power, that they conferred; and although it was widely accepted that selling public authority was undesirable, nobody imagined that those who had invested in offices could ever be bought out. The Revolution brought an unexpected opportunity to do so, but the legacy of venality has marked French institutions down to our day." "William Doyle, one of the foremost historians of early modern Europe, has written the first comprehensive history of the last century of venality. He traces the evolution and dissolution of a system which was fundamental to the workings of state and society in France for over three centuries."--BOOK JACKET
The Oxford handbook of the Ancien Régime by William Doyle( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of current scholarly thinking about the wide and surprisingly complex range of historical problems associated with the study of Ancien Régime Europe
The impact of the French Revolution on European consciousness by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enlightenment and revolution : essays in honour of Norman Hampson by Norman Hampson( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Navy SEALs : their untold story by Dick Couch( Recording )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, for the first time, Naval Special Warfare Command and more than one hundred former and active-duty SEAL go on the record at last: highly respected retired SEAL Dick Couch and historian Bill Doyle record their stories in Navy Seals and give listeners the epic chronicle these legendary warriors deserve
Napoleon Bonaparte : emperor by William Doyle( )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A surprising appointment to command the Army of Italy and a series of battles resulting in the defeat of Italy s French enemies were the precursors to Napoleon Bonaparte, a son of the Revolution, changing the face of Europe prior to his position in France. A confident and relentless man, Napoleon Bonaparte became the First Consul possessing supreme power as the ruler of France. His eventual self-coronation as the Emperor Napoleon led to many people in Europe developing harsh feelings toward the Corsican soldier-turned-ruler. This book features detailed accounts of Napoleon s various triumphs as well as his biggest blunders in battle and the reputation he left behind as a result of his exile. Despite the hatred some people felt toward him during his reign, Napoleon Bonaparte made a lasting impression on Europe. Bibliography, Black-and-White Photographs, Full-Color Photographs, Further Information Section, Glossary, Illustrations, Index, Primary Sources, Timelines, Websites
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The Oxford history of the French Revolution
Origins of the French revolutionThe French Revolution : a very short introductionOld Regime France, 1648-1788Aristocracy : a very short introductionThe old European order, 1660-1800Officers, nobles and revolutionaries : essays on eighteenth-century FranceAristocracy and its enemies in the age of revolutionThe Blackwell dictionary of historians
Alternative Names
Doyle, W. 1942-

Doyle, W. (William), 1942-

Doyle William

William Doyle British historian

William Doyle historiador británico

William Doyle historien britannique

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