Systems and Practices before the French Revolution

  • Clive Emsley
Part of the Themes in Comparative History book series


On the surface the policing systems of France and England during the eighteenth century reflected the differences in the overall administration of the two countries. France was ruled by an absolute monarch who had at his disposal a developing, centralised and professional bureaucracy. England boasted a constitutional monarchy; in theory King, Lords and Commons delicately balanced and checked each other’s powers. Professionalism and training were not thought to count for much in either central or local government, and there were fears that a growth in the number of professional servants of the Crown would have a detrimental effect on English ‘liberty’.


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