A. D. Lublinskaya

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Alexandra D. Lublinskaya
DiedJanuary 22, 1980
Other namesHistorian

Alexandra Dmitrievna Lublinskaya (May 27, 1902 – January 22, 1980)[1] was a Russian scholar specialising in the history of seventeenth-century France, among other things.[2]

Her French Absolutism, originally published in Russian in 1965, and translated into English by Brian Pearce, with a foreword by J. H. Elliott,[3] was published by Cambridge University Press in 1968.[4][5][6][7] It is a criticism of the general crisis of the 17th century thesis proposed by Hugh Trevor-Roper. The "general crisis" thesis generated controversy between supporters of this theory and those, such as the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, who believed in the "general crisis," but saw the problems of 17th-century Europe as more social and economic in origin than Trevor-Roper would allow. A third faction comprised those who simply denied there was any "general crisis," including Lublinskaya, Dutch historian Ivo Schöffer and the Danish historian Niels Steengsgaard.[8]

Her professional publications number over 200, on a great variety of topics, but can be broken into three categories: works on paleography, critical publication of historical documents, and monographs and articles on the social and political history of medieval and early modern France ("middle ages" in Soviet chronology extended to about 1650).[1]

Her magnum opus was a series of books on the history of the administration of Richelieu.[1] The first book was Frantsiia v nachale XVII veka (1610-1622 gg.) "France at the beginning of the 17th century, 1610-1620" published in 1959. This was followed by French Absolutism: the Crucial Phase, 1620-1629 in 1965. A third book was published just before her death covering the years 1630-42.[1] Another major work was Frantsuzskie krest'iane v XVI-XVIII vv. ("French peasants in the 16th-18th centuries"), published in 1978.

English editions[edit]

  • French Absolutism: The Crucial Phase, 1620-1629. Cambridge University Press (2008)


  1. ^ a b c d Andrew Lossky, Alexandra Lublinskaya: A "valedictory salute"[permanent dead link], Nouvelles de la République des Lettres, 2 (1981), pp. 204-08
  2. ^ Beik, William (1985) Absolutism and Society in Seventeenth-Century France: State Power and Provincial Aristocracy in Languedoc, p. 26. Cambridge University Press At Google Books. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  3. ^ Elliott, J. H. (2005) "Debate without End" in Benedict, Philip & Myron P. Gutmann, eds. Early Modern Europe: From Crisis to Stability, p. 39. University of Delaware Press. At Google Books. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  4. ^ French Absolutism: The Crucial Phase, 1620-1629 (review), The English Historical Review, Vol. 85, No. 334, Jan., 1970
  5. ^ C.B.A. Behrens, "Looking for the Ancien Régime", New York Review of Books, January 1, 1970
  6. ^ French Absolutism: review, French Studies, Volume XXIV, Issue 2, Pp. 174-175
  7. ^ Reviews, The Economic History Review, Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 342–391, August 1969
  8. ^ Rabb, Theodore K.The Struggle for Stability in Early Modern Europe, New York: Oxford University Press, 1975 pages 20–21 & 25–26.