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The Ancien Regime

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

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THE, a French phrase commonly used, even by English writers, to denote the social and political system established in France under the old monarchy, which was swept away by the Revolution of 5789. The phrase is generally applicable only to France, for in no other country, with perhaps the exception of Japan, has there been in modern times so clearly marked a division between "the old order" and the new.

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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'The Ancien Regime'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica.​encyclopedias/​eng/​bri/​t/the-ancien-regime.html. 1910.