Before the Deluge: Public Debt, Inequality, and the Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution by Michael Sonenscher
English | 18 Mar. 2007 | ISBN: 069112499X | 440 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
Ever since the French Revolution, Madame de Pompadour's comment, "Après moi, le déluge" (after me, the deluge), has looked like a callous if accurate prophecy of the political cataclysms that began in 1789. But decades before the Bastille fell, French writers had used the phrase to describe a different kind of selfish recklessness–not toward the flood of revolution but, rather, toward the flood of public debt.