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Ancien Régime
(2,039 words)

1. Origin as political slogan

The frontispiece of a political almanack from autumn 1791 imagines a half human, half vegetal skeleton entitled Ancien Régime (see fig. 1). Once mighty, as is shown by the crown on its skull, it is now withering away, having lost its roots; its leaves, “Aristocracy”, “Clergy”, “Princes”, etc., are drying up, because it can scarcely nourish them any longer from the “émigrés’ …

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Reichardt, Rolf, “Ancien Régime”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 06 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016836>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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